Friday, August 22, 2008

The Great White Wonder

My first week in Japan is nearly complete. Strangely enough, people keep staring at me like I'm some sort of circus freak. At the bus station, twin girls about five years old watched me for a good five minutes, then shifted around to watch me leave. The great white wonder has arrived!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Playboy Mansion of Japanese Apartments

Even though I'm only 5'2, I still feel like a giant in this apartment. This apartment could be hazardous to anyone more than 5'5!

Two flights, two bus rides and a taxi later I am finally at my apartment in Miyakonojo, Japan. The city is pretty with an amazing public park unlike any I've ever seen before. It's one of the most serene places I've ever walked through. Here's a picture of my apartment, It may look small but it's quite large compared to most Japanese one-bedroom apartments. My bedroom here is even bigger than the bedroom in my old Chico apartment. Here are some pictures of home sweet home.

Monday, August 11, 2008

From the Words of Suze Geos

Me and Kate (Tejas) celebrating our last night in Vancouver.

Vancouver, Day 1:
If I can describe this trip in one word it would have to be: frantic. Never in my life have I felt so panicked than the last 48 hours I've had. Being in a foreign country with no cell phone is scary enough, but when I called my hotel (The Ramada Inn) to confirm my reservation, I was told my name was not on the confirmation list. After some frantic calls on Vancouver airport's stylish pay phone, I figured out I had called the wrong Ramada Inn. Apparently there are two near the airport. The trip thus far hasn't been a cakewalk. I forgot my work's handbook so trying to get my work done is going to be a greater challenge than I had anticipated. Other various inconveniences have sprung up but I'm trying to keep optimistic so I don't take the 7:30 back to California. Four more days until Japan so updates are to come.