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Published: August 31st 2006
I am in Japan!!! A long way from Adelaide, Australia, but here I am in Shizuoka for a year teaching at an English Kindergarten while seeing and experiencing as much of this crazy, mixed up, amazing country as I can!
So did that title get you all in??
As soon as kindy finished at 12.00 Friday I was out of there to pack and tidy and jump on the bus and then the Shink to go to Tokyo to see Mum and Dad and to start my holidays!!! Yay!! Dad found me at the train station and then we found Mum at the coffee shop where I was going to meet her and we went back to the motel to eat muffins and hear about Mum and Dad and John and Pam's travels around China. We went to their favourite Japanese restaurant- Royal Host!!!- for dinner and had an early night.
Saturday was a lot more exciting- Dad had arranged to meet an old friend from home and he took us out to Odaiba for the day. Even though I had been there before I was more than happy with this arrangement- the shopping there is great!!! We
had a great day checking out the Toyota Showroom, shopping and dining with a fantastic view of the Rainbow Bridge, except for the red pimply bumps that had started appearing on my body. I dont know how to talk about this without it all sounding totally gross, but lets face it for a few days I was. Anyway, I thought it was just a heat rash or something but by the time we had visited Harajuku and Yoyogi Park on Sunday and I looked like Woogie off of Something about Mary we decided that I did in fact have the chickenpox. However nothing was going to stop me enjoying Disneyland so I slathered myself in calamine and went to bed hoping I wouldnt feel too crappy the next day.
>>For more on Disneyland see the next blog>>
The pox did prevent us from going to the fish market on Tuesday morning as planned, so we just met up with Marissa and Hiedi in Asakusa at lunch time and then it was time for the visitors to head back to Shinagawa and prepare for the flight home. I bid them farewell and went to the hostel to sleep, waking
A new-fangled car
a few hours later ready to eat some Izakaya food and feeling more like a person again.
Ok, I know youve all been waiting for the bit about the naked roomies. Turns out its not an uncommon occurence in girls dorm rooms in hostels to sleep naked. But it came as quite a hilarious shock to Marissa and I when the girl in the bed next to me stripped and got into bed. (No guys I dont have any photos). Stifling our giggles into our pillows we tried to sleep, until the aforementioned stripper sat bolt upright in bed (yes still naked), opened the curtains that I had just shut and stared straight out the window. I think she was a witch.
Anywayz, this was our first encounter with nakedness in a hostel but it was not to be our last. Dont worry all you people who worry about me- you know I love my pj's!!!
Marissa and I had a day in Tokyo before we flew to Hokkaido- check out the fun we had in one of the biggest toystores in the world!!!
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