Internet at home won`t happen for awhile, but I can use the internet at my desk at work. The menus are all in Japanese, some of which I can read, and some of which I can only guess, so it`s been fun. The apostrophe on the Japanese keyboard is in an entirely different place and requires using the shift key. Still, it`s internet. Sweet, heavenly internet.
Here`s what`s been going on so far:
I got severely lost the first day here (Wed) when I was already physically and mentally exhausted and literally had blisters on my feet from all the walking around Tokyo and all of the lack of sleep due to both jetlag (in the form of waking up early) and wanting to do all I could while still in the city. Getting lost was quite a low point resulting in not being able to hold back tears in public and being really annoyed at the way things had been scheduled so that we (I`m not the only JET here in Tiny Town) were essentially left to fend for ourselves. In bad Japanese, I managed a ride home. The car had lights but wasn`t a police car. (?) Later that night was a high point when my predecessor returned from her farewell party with two very sweet Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) that I`ll be teaching with this year. They are awesome.
Yesterday, Thursday, after my breakfast of canned coffee and CalorieMate (my two good old friends that sustained me for 3 years last time I did this), it was all about going around to visit every city in the town (or the universe, not sure, but there were a bunch, and each with lots of smiling and bowing), being interviewed on TV (yah, really, this is all apparently big enough news to warrant such a thing here in tiny town) and generally meeting half the town. I`ve made friends with another JET in town, and we`ve made plans to head into Okayama City this weekend for fireworks on Saturday and possibly a festival on Sunday. Details are sketchy, but I promised myself I`d say yes whenever possible about getting out and doing stuff. I`ve unpacked little, but it can wait because I only get one year to live this second chance at my dream of living in Japan again, and the clock is already ticking.
Today is my first full day at my actual school where I`ll be teaching, and everyone is so friendly. Plus, this is my only current avenue of internet access, so it`s even more appealing. In a shocking twist of wow because it seems nothing is ever fast or easy to set up in Japan, I might be able to get a cell phone today if I jump through a paperwork loop different from the one done yesterday.
I don`t have pictures with me here at work to post, but I`ve taken some and will, at some point, though maybe not until I get internet at home in a couple weeks (hopefully not longer than that). Also, I expect at some point to make a video of the process involved with me doing laundry because I forgot how hands on and not automatic it is, but that will be another post for another day.
Sorry if this post isn`t full of my brilliant wit (or humbleness), but any internetting I`m to do until Monday has to be done now, so you gotta know that I`m a busy girl. Can`t wait to post stories and pics. Oh, and to catch up on your blogs. Not sure when that will be, but thank you for reading even while I can`t because it`s great seeing your comments when I do find a way to get online.
Oh, and I thought it might be fun to post new words each day and how/why I learned them if there is some reason. Not sure if this will be a regular feature. Since I`m behind, I give you these:
- 汗びっしょり = asebisshori = drenched in sweat (because it was hotter than hell when I asked)
- 滑り台 = suberidai = slide (because we visited so many pre-schools, kindergartens, etc. yesterday)
- 竜巻 = tatsumaki = tornado (because I said I was from Oklahoma, kinda)