Mar. 26th, 2009


Mar. 26th, 2009 09:11 pm
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There was this little Korean lady on the plane who didn't speak any English. I must have looked really nervous (I was pretty much saying 'shitshitshitshitSHIT' in my head after they made the announcement about our flight change an hour before we were supposed to land) because she kept petting my shoulder and smiling.

Also, since the plane ride was an hour longer than expected (and they were playing "Twilight" for the second time in a row... I am never flying United again) I was about to knaw my way out of the side of the plane so I could stretch my legs and BREATHE.

The Korean lady had me doing calisthenics in my seat which was really funny since all the seats in front of us were reclined and we had a six by six inch area for ourselves. It managed to make me smile though. She was a real character.

You really notice the class system on an airplane. I asked if there was any way to get an exit seat for my knees and they offered me more legroom if I upgraded to Economy Plus... Right. If I could afford a more expensive ticket I would have gone for business class. ^__^

I've been in training for most of the last two days (8am-630pm) so I haven't gotten outside of the hotel in awhile. There are a lot of Europeans here (mostly Scottish and British) and they actually outnumber the Americans. You feel a lot more comradery when you meet someone from the US while abroad.

A very funny woman from NY named Lutie said we would all experience the compulsion to hug people from the US when we met them after a few weeks of being isolated in Japan.

In a lot of ways this training is like a retreat. I don't even feel like I'm in a different country since I haven't had much of a chance to see anything since getting off the train Tuesday night (but what a relief it was to not have to ride on a train for awhile!). Also, all the staff speak English, so although I've been making an effort to speak Japanese, it hasn't been necessary.

I'm trying to appreciate the break but I can't wait to get to 'The Real World' on Saturday. Me and two other ALT's whom I haven't met yet will be sharing a taxi to get to Kashima, a city close to our districts. We'll stay in another hotel for the night before an IC (independant contractor) native from our town will guide us to our apartments and take us shopping for the first time.

Today was exciting because I signed my apartment agreement and company contract. My apartment is a Leo Palace, which means its fully furnished and fairly modern. Its also close to two of my schools and there's a grocery and clothing store a few blocks away.

Not sure how far it will take me to get to the ocean yet but I'm very excited.

I'll write more later.


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