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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Okinawa pineapple farm/Окинавская ферма ананасов

There is a pineapple farm in Okinawa. Although it is more of a park with some shopping. You buy a ticket first and then you go on a ride in a car with a steering wheel but without a driver. It was very weird -- the car was turning on its own, we were instructed not to mess with the steering wheel at all. Here you can see the cart:

На Окинаве есть ферма ананасов. Хотя это кроме фермы еще и экскурсия с посещением большого магазина в конце. Чтоб испытать полное удовольствие от фермы, надо купить билет на экскурсию. Экскурсия представляет собой поездку на небольшом автомобильчике по ферме. В машинке есть руль, но нам строго-настрого запретили к нему прикасаться, машинка рулила сама, просто непонятно каким образом. И где дорожки пересекались, мы останавливались чтоб пропустить встречное движение. На фотографии видно машинку:

And here you can see that the roads were quite curvy. Yet again, the cart managed to turn on its own.

А вот тут видно что дорожка совсем и не прямая. Машинка со всем справлялась.

We saw different stages of pineapple growth along the way.

Мы проехались по разным местам фермы, и увидели различные стадии роста ананасов.



And some flowers.

А еще на ферме растут цветочки.

Then we became victims of a great marketing move: the tour car dropped us off at some place and there was a sign that pointed towards the parking lot. Our walk to the parking lot was not short, and during that walk we passed a restaurant, we were offered to try some pineapple wine, we got to taste pineapple (that's where we got our money's worth of pineapple!), go through the store with all kinds of desserts made of pineapple,  go through the gift shop, and finally through a noodle store. There was only one road to the parking lot, and the locals provided many opportunities for the tourists could spend some money along the way, they made sure the road was not too short (but not too long), and they made it not boring. It was quite a variety of places, I am sure I forgot a couple. Overall, however, it was a great experience.

А затем мы стали жертвами отличного маркетингового хода: машинка остановилась в конце тура, нам показали направление движения на парковку. Идти там было не очень далеко (но и не так близко), а по пути нам было предложено следущее: попробовать местных ананасов (там мы отбили билет на экскурсию, это точно), посетить ресторан, попробовать алкогольных напитков так или иначе сделанных из ананаса, пройти через магазин десертов (тоже сделаных с участием ананаса), пройти через сувенирный магазин, и затем пройти мимо небольшой лавки с лапшой. Там было много всего, мне кажется что я даже пару мест забыл. Но в целом было хорошо.

Here is a picture from the walkway to the parking lot. A lady is cutting pineapples. The fresh juice is available right there.

Вот картинка с похода к машине. Работница фермы режет ананасы. Свежий сок продается тут же.

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