I’ve come to the conclusion that our neighbors will hate us. Here we are in Hiroshima, two loud Americans, in a country that holds being polite higher than pretty much anything else ever. Adam says he’s quiet. Then he starts playing his guitar and singing at the top of his lungs. We stick out like sore thumbs (or green thumbs, according to him. I think I’m right). But we’re here and that’s what matters.
The days before we left were, as I’m sure you can imagine, extremely hectic. We were packing and moving and storing things up until the night before we left. The plane rides were fairly uneventful up until the last one. I specifically remember being on the way to the Charlotte airport and saying something about Murphy’s law, anything that can go wrong will. So, of course, our plane arrived into Tokyo late, our luggage was the last onto the conveyor belt, and we had to check all three instruments onto the plane and pay extra for them since we were already at our luggage limit. I was tired and freaking out and trying to hold it together and failing. Adam managed to stay calm and collected. We got to Hiroshima all in one piece (that goes for our instruments as well) and were taken to a lovely guest house on the university campus. We ended up getting some food in a little convenience store about five minutes down the road. Everything came in small portions and seemed rather expensive. Between the walking and food I suspect we will both lose quite a bit of weight.
Yesterday I was given a short talk about various documents that I’d have to fill out and told that we will begin apartment searching on Monday. Then, Adam and I went exploring. We ended up walking for a quite a long time. We walked towards the downtown area and got some Italianish food at a tiny little restaurant.
I discovered that eating pasta with chopsticks is in fact quite a difficult feat. A lot of time was spent outside buildings trying to connect to wi fi with no success. I almost got run over by bicycles multiple times because I was looking at something and didn’t notice Adam’s frantic “Move!” until it was almost too late. All in all, though, it was quite a successful day. We’re beginning to learn basic words and hopefully we will soon be able to carry on simple conversations. That’s all for now…