Catching trains, changing trains, travelling in the work crowd of the 11.5 million people who live inTokyo, well, I ended up feeling like a sardine packed in a tin. Literally. We were pushed onto trains, packed in, barely standing or breathing room, to tavel.
Fun! My Pippi Longstocking Japanese adventure. Laughing at self. Even when soaking wet and caught in the Tokyo winter rains.
I bought a Pippi Longstocking t shirt today. Wore it out to dinner at a local Japanese Curry Shop. Ordering dinner by picture as I can`t read Japanese. Obviously.
Also bought some yellow stockings, to match the yellow Pippi t shirt. And some more long colourful socks, to feed my sock addiction. And some small gifts for the family. Everything is small. As Japan is totally expensive, budget breaking, credit card max-ing expensive.
But enjoyable, enjoyably surreal you might say. Yesterday was my tourist day. Today was my exploring and shopping day.
You learn a lot, walking and catching trains and visiting areas and finding shops. And shopping. Taking the back streets.
Met up with other Supervisors tonight and talked Kumon nonstop. Conference official starts tomorrow。
Enjoying. Learning. But missing family. I still can`t believe I left everyone at home. This is one of the extremely rare times, since I became a mother twenty eight years ago, that I have gone somewhere, apart from hospital, without my kids. Makes me feel weird.
Saturday is the feast of St Nicholas, son number three`s feast day. Plan to get to Mass and say some extra prayers during the conference break.
And continue my learning. Talking. Liking of Japan. And feeling bad about me being here and dh and kids being there...