Sunday, March 28, 2010


Sorry I haven't written in forever. It's just that everything happened so fast (and I didn't have Internet access but that's a different story).

On March 22nd I met the other AFSers from the U.S. going to Japan. And on the 23rd we flew to Japan. The flight was about 14 hours and it was horrible. I couldn't sleep because the seats were so uncomfortable. Haha, I'm still tired.

March 25, AFS orientation, I took a Japanese public bath. It's not as bad as everyone thought it would be. Awkward, yes, if you make it awkward.

Anyhow, the ramen here is fantastic!!! Yesterday my family went out to eat and it was incredible! At home, おかあさん (okaasan) cooks. And it's true, the Japanese do eat rice with every meal. Interestingly enough, we usually don't drink anything during our meals, instead there is みそ汁 (misoshiru) or miso soup and we drink the broth.

Right now, my Japanese is horrible and I'm having a hard time communicating with my family, I hope it gets easier as the year goes by.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

2 weeks

I have my Visa, pretty much the last necessity and I'm good to go! And SUPER excited. Today was my okaasan no tanjoubi (my host mother's birthday). I sent her an E-card.

Sad news (for me). Shiori left for Argentina in February and won't be back till January 2011 :( so I won't have a sister until the end of my trip. I mailed Shiori a necklace (Made in PA, the other day.

To be honest, I'm not really nervous. But sometimes I get these moments where all I can think is "Wow, I'm really going to miss my friends and family".

Leaving soon,