January 15, 2011

Arrival in Japan

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:23 pm by catsinboxes

I often read in books about people waking up and suddenly remembering that they’re in a new place. I was always rather skeptical of such an experience . . . until today. This morning I woke up and lay in bed. Without opening my eyes, I knew where I was (in my room in Wisconsin) and just what I would see when I opened my eyes. Just as quickly as the thought came, it left as I realized, “I’m in Japan!!!”

I arrived yesterday and am now settling into life with my host family. I just returned from biking to the park with my host mom. It was about a 10 minute bike ride and very fun. The weather here is chilly (my hands are still warming up, should have worn gloves!), but it is much, much warmer than Wisconsin. While the trees are bare, some of the hedges are flowering, and I even noticed some pansies in a window box.

This afternoon my family is having a welcome party for me, and I will be able to meet members of their Hippo Family Club. I’ll be sure to take pictures. Now I’m off to study some Japanese and spend time getting to know my host family.

P.S.  My apologies for not posting this earlier: more will soon follow!

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