Ohayo gozaimasu! (My flight/first night in Hikone)
First of all, good morning. I have a long day ahead of me, so I decided that I should write a blog entry now while I’m awake and able to function mentally/physically. (Well, for the most part).
Yesterday was bittersweet, to say the least. Naturally, my family said goodbye to me twice before I went through security and customs. It was difficult, especially having to leave Ron. (No offense to my parents and brother, of course!) And, surprisingly, I didn’t cry! Go team!
Getting through security and customs was a breeze, which was something I didn’t expect. Becca, Sam, Chris, and I have hung out since dropping off our luggage in Detroit; Ben, Kate, my roommate Melissa have been hanging out as well. That’s probably why this whole being-away-from-home-thing has been about a million times easier… even though they weren’t anywhere near me during our flight. THAT was an adventure in itself.
12 hours and 40 minutes, crammed in the window seat, sitting beside two strangers. The woman next to me had a 4 hour flight ahead of her after getting off in Hikone, and she was a wreck. It could have been A LOT more awkward than how it was, and thank god it wasn’t. They played three movies. They showed a view TV shows. (30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, and another one that I’ve never heard of.) I slept as much as I possibly could without being annoying to my fellow passengers. Needless to say, I was tossing and turning quite a bit. I listened to my iPod for a while; played my DSi. The food was awful, but I packed an emergency bag of gummy bears in my carry-on.
Speaking of that carry-on, it felt like it weighed 50 pounds by the time I got to JCMU. My back officially hates me forever now. My bed feels like a stone table, which doesn’t help. But I really don’t have much to complain about. I’m in Japan! I’m still in complete amazement that I’m here right now. The country is BEAUTIFUL and so fascinating. I wish everyone could have been on the bus ride to the school. Seeing the city all lit up and everything; I felt like I was in a video game.
There’s really not much left to say. I’ll be going to Hikone Castle today; I’ll also be getting my bicycle and such. I can’t wait to take more photographs than I have ever taken in my entire life, haha. It has definitely hit me that this experience hasn’t even really started yet.
Do I miss home? Yes. Do I miss my boyfriend and my family? More than you know. But I cannot wait to have the time of my life here. And, with that said… sayōnara, my friends.