If you scroll through the archives of my blog, you can read my first impressions upon returning to the island I first called home:
"My favorite thing about first arriving in Saipan is the smell. I can’t describe it. I don’t know if it is from all of the vegetation or if it comes about from being so close to the ocean, but there is a very distinct smell that you only sense when you first arrive. By the second day you can’t smell it anymore, but when you first arrive, it really reminds you that you are home."There is no doubt in my mind that Saipan will forever and for always be my home, but like thousands before me there comes a time when I must put my own economic well-being ahead of my love of the islands where I was born.
I have decided to move to Florida where I can be closer to my mother, stepfather, two brothers, sister, and niece. My decision was not an easy one and I spent a long time making it.
I will spend the holidays on Saipan and will be flying out the first week of January. I want to give you plenty of advance notice so that we have the opportunity to say goodbye.