A day before I left, there was still a lot of cleaning and packing to do. x___X
I bought these shoes right before I left and wore them only in Japan:
Before meeting up with the other exchange students, Kirsty and I planned to hang out. Before we left for Shibuya to do a few Purikura (addiction), she rang my doorbell early.
She had two presents in her hands! FOR ME. Wahaha.
So exciting. ^___^ She made me her apple cake!
These things you guys, why are they so much fun? Prepare yourself for an abundance of big eyes and clear skin.
It seemed like everyone was kind of tired, but it was still really fun ^___^. It was really nice of everyone to come and say one last goodbye, even after the going away party by Okuma. We had the room until 5 A.M., but left around 11:30 P.M.
This picture is Daan's, but it was the last picture of some of us together. And with the toaster I had lent Daan. XD
I fell asleep pretty fast and woke up to do a bit of last packing and cleaning. I was really worried that my suitcase would be overweight, so I sent another package home T___T. Eh, it could have saved me a few bucks. Question mark. halp4evr.
I rang Kirsty's doorbell obnoxiously and we talked on the balcony, waiting for Yuuki to come and pick me up. He was so nice to have driven me to the airport ^___^. Kazuya even tagged along to say goodbye!
The drive was like the ending in a movie, passing places that the characters adventured to throughout their story. We drove by places and landmarks like Soshigaya, Shibuya, Ginza, Disney Land, Tokyo Tower, and Odaiba.
Yuuki had to help his family move, so we only had time to have some lunch together after finding the correct terminal and dropping off my suitcase. I found out that my suitcase was under the limit, so I took some of the stuff out of my backpack and packed it in there. It was definitely worth sending the package though because carrying around that backpack all day would have been worse than dragging Robo to the Proto Dome by yourself.
For the next 2 hours, I wandered around the airport, which had shops that pretty much condensed Japan into that one building. Then, I sat down and I looked to my left to see a guy looking at me. I brought out my DS and then he sat down next to me and started talking to me. We talked for awhile, but it seemed like he was only looking at me funny and agreeing to everything I was saying. I had to go refill my water...
Anyways, after about an hour more, it was time to board the plane. Here was the first snack they gave us:
Here are the meals they gave us that probably weren't any better:
This was pizza, fruit and some matcha bread thing:
It was about a 12-hour flight and then I was on a layover in Chicago for a few hours before heading home. I have to give it to business workers who have to travel a lot and go through the whole security process and such multiple times in one trip. O__O
My first thoughts of being in the US again were "I have never felt so out-of-place not being out-of-place." I understood everything everyone was saying! The food shops had menus that didn't take a few minutes to read and understand! The toilets weren't heated! It was terrible. lolol.
After coming out of the bathroom, a guy was walking right by me and started talking to me. NooOoooo, not again. >___< He kept on saying how he loved making friends and how we could be friends. He was talking about taking a shot of tequila somewhere in the past and saw how we had the same phone carrier. This conversation was all over the place, but he repeatedly brought up how we could be friends. I told him I didn't have a Facebook and he said we could exchange numbers. I told him I didn't feel comfortable with that. Luckily, there was a woman next to me that I was talking to previously who helped me to get out of the conversation. She was so nice and gave me hope for people at airports.
But really, why try to convince me to add you on Facebook and be my friend when that time could be spent talking with me to get to know me so I would want to offer you my Facebook?
What is. This life?
Anyways, the plane home was the smallest plane I've ever been on- Aw, kawaii. The ride didn't take long at all though. Grant met me at the airport and it was pretty fantastic to see him again. =]
We waited for my luggage and then headed off to my house to see my family. Before exiting out of the airport, I asked him how cold it was. He said it was the warmest it's been since he's gotten back. I stepped out into a freezer.
I was like O___O and started running with my suitcase to the car. Then, Grant says "Watch out, there's ice!" lolol, that's just what I needed to hear XD. Luckily, there was no slippage.
Grant had dark chocolate, almonds, apples, and flowers waiting for me at his car. HE KNOWS ME SO WELL.
Seeing familiar sights on the way home felt way too natural. I think the weirdest thing was probably seeing how big the roads were. When I got to my house, my mom was the first to see (well, hear me yelling "Mommyyyy") outside from the window. She called everyone and the hug brigade began.
I think besides hugging my mom, the best part about going to my house was when Lauren and Beth ran to me as a competition to be the first to hug me, with Shawn following slowly in the background. That visual will forever replay in my head.
On the counter were lottery tickets and a cookie cake with balloons surrounding it all. Two of the balloons said "Congrats!" and I thought it was just a random balloon saying they picked up for the heck of it. Or maybe "Congrats! You made it home in one piece!" But then they reminded me that I graduated. Oh dang. I did O___O. lolol.
I DIDN'T WIN ON ANY OF THE LOTTERY TICKETS. FORGET YOU.
But I did finally have a piece of cookie cake, which I've been craving for a long time. It was then that I realized I didn't really like cookie cake as much as I thought XD. My taste buds really have changed. But it still made me happy because my mum somehow knew (she totally has been reading my blog...) that I wanted a cookie cake.
|15-Hour Plane Ride Kat with Robot Cookie|
We sat and talked for the rest of the night and it felt like I never left. ~___~
These past few days, I've been unpacking, cleaning, reorganizing the bloody food cabinet again and getting rid of as much junk food as my mum allows (and doesn't see me throwing out, lolol), hanging out with my family and Grant and his family, and making plans to see old friends.
I was jet-lagged mainly the first 2 days, waking up around 2 A.M. each night and staying up for a few hours before being able to sleep again. Good thing I ordered the new Jillian book and it was here waiting for me. Guys. Guys. Jillian is my hero.
I was extremely excited to have access to my kettlebell, heavy bag, medicine ball, Jillian DVDs, etc. again. AwWwwwWw YeahHhHHh.
Since it was Valentine's Day the day after I got back, I made Grant marshmallow fluff frosting graham cracker cookies, one of the usuals, at 7 in the morning. Wahaha. And then fell asleep soon after. But, I've decided to bake less (having baked 2-4 times a week before Japan) and cook more meals for my family. ^___^
I have to get back to writing on my health and recipe blog. Since I have access to so many more foods, I've been experimenting more, but this also means that some of the recipes I've been making aren't available for the exchange students to make.
So, I will have to make weekly goals to post at least one or two recipes a week or at least information on health. I just bought 4 new health books at the local bookstore. It was hard enough stopping there T___T. lolol.
Beth bought an iPhone5 and my mom called me a leprechaun.
Today, I went to the grocery store with my sister and mum and man, is it big. There are so many selections of fruits and vegetables. THE ORGANIC SECTION. So happy.
I've been asked a few times about what I plan to do with this blog since I'm back. Well, I'm probably going to be posting a few more posts, a kind of behind the scenes thing. Maybe with final thoughts on the adventures of Japan, quotes made by Tom throughout the past few months, and random pictures I didn't post before. So for now, this post is done, but there will be a few coming in the next few days or weeks.
What I do know right now though, is that I miss the people, not knowing exactly what people are saying as I pass by them, and also the amount of walking around. Oi, the walking =^.^=.