Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Food, glorious food

I've been waiting for about 100 hours for breakfast! Jet lag hit hard with a 2AM wake up call. Ack! I don't mind waking up early with jet lag, but 2:00 is a bit much.

I read the whole internet, sketched, did my makeup, and stared at the empty tarmac. But 6:30 finally came, and I immediately stormed the breakfast buffet.

I'm not that good at assembling a breakfast from a Japanese/Western buffet.

In attendance on the plate:
Rice
Miso soup
Salad
Tofu
Fried potatoes
Vienna sausages
Mackerel

I thoroughly enjoyed everything and am now drinking as much coffee as I can hold. With an early wake up comes an early crash, and I need to get on track for LIFE.

In other news, I love the feeling of right now. The goodbyes are over and so are the flights. Everything ahead is fresh and new and terrifying and exhilarating. Looking forward to what lies ahead for us all!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lovely Land

It's so good to be on solid ground again!

We got into Narita a little before 3:00 this afternoon. I was so glad to get off the plane!

My hotel is right on the tarmac, so I can see planes from my window. I'm also enjoying some fine dining this evening from a vending machine.

Hey, it was a good vending machine! I had some ham and cheese rolls!

Off to Nagoya tomorrow!

Airborne 2

There are two hours and 15 minutes left on this flight.

I need a leg transplant.

Maybe a body transplant.

You wouldn't think sitting would be so exhausting, but it IS! It's been a pretty turbulent flight, so the seatbelt light has been on for probably 80% of the flight. That means less moving around than normal.

In other news, I've watched several movies and half movies. I ate some chicken around 2 and a weird pizza around 8. I've also had a few snacks from my bag (Tootsie pops and granola bars). The next meal is either seafood or eggs. Airplane eggs are revolting, but the idea of seafood that has been riding along with us on this eternal flight is less appetizing. Oh, well.

I'm so ready to arrive! We've got 1000 miles left to go!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

One more Enoshima!

I went to the beach last Monday with Harry and Roop for what I thought was the last beach day. But then we decided to throw caution to the wind and go again yesterday.
It was a gorgeous sunny day. We swam and relaxed and just enjoyed life.

BTW, I have to pack up my internet NOW, so please just enjoy some random beach pix.








Fuji-san!
See you in America! I'm off to frantically pack for the move!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ginza desu

First of all, the weather yesterday was gorgeous! The sky was stripey and stunning.

I spent most of the day cleaning and packing. In the early afternoon, I went out for lunch and town business with Harry and David.

After, I needed a reward! I'd wanted to see Ginza (a fancy area of Tokyo) at night, so I hopped on a train and headed it.

Of course, I stopped for a coffee! Doutor is usually a normal coffee chain, but this one was glamorous!

I sat outside and watched people pass by.

 Ooooh, coffee reflection!

After coffee, I strolled around the area and looked at the shops.

This is the worlds largest Uniqlo! I bought a t-shirt.

City life

The fancy Doutor!

This building is famous. I forgot why, but it looks pretty cool.

This one was tough to get a picture of! It was too big!

It was a great evening, and I'm in love with Ginza!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 16th

I opened my Facebook memories today, and it was quite a blast. Apparently, July 16th has been a big day for me.

It was my last day of my American job pre-Japan.

I made a loaf of bread in my bread machine (I miss that thing).

It was one of my school festivals - but I don't know which one!

It was umi-no-hi (Day of the sea)


I posted this picture of archery with fun friends

It was my last overnight visit to Rebun Island. This was the glow-in-the-dark dolphin wall at Pension Uni

I do miss commuting to work by ferry!

And last year, I was just kicking off my Hokkaido tour by spending the day in cool Odori Park. I read, relaxed, and ate corn on the cob. It was so good to escape the heat of Nagoya!

This July 16th was also a great day! Harry, Mae, and I went to Yokohama's Sparkling Twilight fireworks festival. It was Harry's first Japanese fireworks festival, which was pretty exciting!

Yamashita Park was beautiful in the evening light.
 The boats in the harbor were lit up with lovely lights.
 Cosmo Clock 21 (the ferris wheel) was gorgeous as always.

Long time readers of this blog may remember that I am - ahem - not skilled at photographing fireworks. This time, I was armed with my new camera and ready to practice!

Nope.

Well...nope.

What is this?? Nope.

Err...maybe? I like the big splat! Not very fireworksy, though.

 Yahooooo! I finally got one!!!!!

 After the show, the boats sailed around and showed off their lights.


I love the night view of Yokohama!



 Oh, look! Friends make the night view even better!

Afterwards, we had a wander around Chinatown. I bought a tote bag with a map of Yokohama. Maps come in handy, you know.

 I think I like July 16th!