Leaving the US, Arriving in Japan

I arrived at the San Francisco airport, navigated through BART, the metro system, and lugged my baggage 2 miles up the 45-degree-angled SF streets to arrive at the hotel in Japantown just in time to miss the entire JET Pre-Departure Orientation (which had been the whole point in coming to San Francisco). Ah well, from what I gathered from other JETs, I didn’t miss much. The highlight for me was going to the Japanese Consulate-General’s house. As soon as you walk in the front doors, a butler is waiting there, holding a platter of wine glasses. Your choice – red, white, or water, and as soon as you take one sip, he magically appears to top you off again. Good wine, good company, and a buffet of delicious sushi…perhaps coming to San Francisco wasn’t so bad after all.

The next morning:
6am: On a bus to the SF airport.
10am: Flight from SF back to LAX. Yep.
11am: In an attempt to find a late breakfast, I came across a couple JETs boozing at an airport bar in preparation for the long flight ahead. I considered joining, realized I had a middle seat on the plane, decided against it.
12pm: Goodbye U.S.
???: Kung Fu Panda – Awesome!
???: Made of Honor – Meh.
???: Some movie with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz – Just staving off boredom at this point.
???: Dreams of cheeseburgers, peanut butter, and English-speaking friends.
12pm two days later: Hello Japan!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lubzy Lubz on August 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I would like to contest that Kung Fu Panda is much better than “good”

    Reply

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