Visited Chapel Hill for the last time on Monday. I’ll miss the feeling of driving down the highway with the windows down, listening to the radio and driving by endless trees. I definitely won’t have that in Japan, since I’m not allowed to drive a car for work purposes! So much for pretending to be back in London while driving around recklessly on the wrong side of the road…
It was great seeing friends for the last time! I went out of my way to drive slowly past the Old Well while leaving Chapel Hill. So sad… But with all the freshmen walking around aimlessly and clogging up the sidewalks, I was also glad to leave!
Having events like goodbye parties and goodbye dinners is definitely fun, don’t get me wrong, but they make the whole saying goodbye process longer than it needs to be, I think. I hate goodbyes! It really has been fun seeing friends and family for the last time, but it’s not like I’m going to China or anything! I’ll be back before you know it… I think.
And now, I’ve been stuffing all my new America-sized clothes and shoes into my suitcase since I’ll literally be “Big in Japan”. While I won’t has as much trouble as some of my larger coworkers (in terms of shirt and shoe sizes, thankfully my clothes sizes are somewhat readily available in Japan), I’d rather not worry about finding dress shirts and whatnot in Japan. It’s nice to be able to take one more suitcase than I could for study abroad, but one of those suitcases is probably going to be filled solely with NC stuff. Thankfully, I managed to get great items from tourist centers, universities and sports teams! Don’t think I should name any individual organizations, but they should be pretty obvious… I did manage to get a lot of baseball cards from local teams to hand out to my students!
I always feel like I’m forgetting something when I pack. Lately, I’ve been texting myself reminders so I don’t forget to pack certain things, like an external hard drive and wireless router, among other things. Surprisingly, it seems like certain electronic gadgets are more expensive in Japan than in the US, like cameras, for example. However, apparently Macbooks are about the same price in Japan… so as soon as my first paycheck arrives in the mail, best believe I’ll be on a train headed to the Kyoto or Osaka Apple Store. Maybe Southern Shiga has one! I’ll definitely have to check. What’s more, I get a teacher’s discount from Apple too! Score. Thanks for nothing, Microsoft 😛
I would post a picture of my suitcases to make this post more interesting, but just looking at them has literally given me a headache. So, instead here is a French pop song I found when I googled the phase “Big in Japan.” The singers are the same people who sing the song “Hello.” The video is kind of strange, but it reminded me a bit of the movie Lost in Translation, and it definitely showcases a wide range of things you would see only in Japan, like sumo wrestling, Shinto shrines, Japanese arcade games, crowded streets in Tokyo, etc. I’ll be able to see all those things in real life starting on Sunday! I just have to survive a 14 hour flight from Atlanta to Tokyo… I might not make it. We’ll see.
Spanish coming soon