You just have to know when to laugh at yourself. And it’s ok cause I did this in Japan.
Sophia, Nana and I all attend the same bible study meetings here in Japan. The woman who hosts them Iyako-san had a going away party for Sophia. Everyone who attends the bible study came and we had sushi, soup, and a Korean pancake thing called Pajun. It was a good gathering of people to wish Sophia well. She has promised to send me pictures of a taco when she returns to Texas. I’m going to really miss her and her “learn yo’ Kanji”.
My favorite next-door neighbor Mickey left today to go back to Hong Kong. We went over early that morning to help him take some of the things out of his room and finish last minute packing. It was really sad to see him go. He is really crazy and funny. We saw him off and only cried a little as he was getting in the elevator. Mickey was the last of my friends, who had been here the previous semester, to leave. He gave me a pair of his boots as he was leaving and I wore them for the rest of the day in remembrance. The seventh floor seems so much clamer and quieter now that he’s gone. I’ll miss him and his hysterical screams every time he found a bug.
Actually I caught an awful cold and although I travelled half way around the world to study in a foreign country, I ended up spending the first four days of vacation here doing exactly the same thing I always to at home; sleeping. Since middle school I always stop sleeping right before a break because I have things to do for school (or I’ll admit I may have procrastinated occasionally and need to rush for some things at the end). As a result, once the break comes I die and sleep for days on end waking up only to do the essentials or I get sick over the break. I’m pretty sure that the cold was a direct result of not sleeping well. It really hit me that maybe I haven’t changed as much as I would like to since I was younger. But after my short week of doing nothing in Japan I am determined to go out and see this brave new world…Right after I clean my room.