Thursday, May 5, 2011

Golden Week: The Aftermath

Eh...

So Golden Week is over. Maybe it's a good thing. Sickness for most of it, loneliness and isolation at its peak, mini meltdowns, cabin fever, and questioning myself and Osaka. Those days when you just want to hide under the blankets and not face the outside world. Oh, the roller coaster ride also known as living abroad.

But then I look back, and great things did happen amidst the meltdowns. Friends came to visit from Marugame. Walking and cycling the streets of Osaka late into the night. A jaunt to Kyoto, ever so magical. Korean feast. Stumbling upon new areas such as Minami Senba with my Japanese friend and regaining faith and excitement in Osaka. Knowing I'm not alone going through certain feelings towards this city and well, life. Cafés on rainy afternoons. Karaoke and margaritas. Lazy breakfasts outdoors. Working on new artistic projects. Long emails from friends.

Lost in Osaka. Maybe it was not so bad.

Living in Japan is like living in a bubble. Is it real life? Everything is intensified... it's exhausting.

It's the first time of my life I'm almost happy to go back to work.

6 comments:

Des said...

A Korean feast always makes the world a better place. :) You are absolutely right that living abroad is a roller coaster.

French Lover said...

Hey sweetie :) Merci pour ton adorable commentaire.. Golden Week sounds like it was bittersweet. Pour avoir vécu ce type de moments lorsque je vivais seule à Montréal, les souvenirs, même des moments tristes, seront bons. Il y a une certaine douceur qui imprègne la mémoire des moments de mélancolie. J'espère que ton weekend te réconciliera avec ta ville ! Bisous xxx

Kelly said...

i want to give you a hug ♥

thevoyageofv said...

Sounds like you had a trying week. You and me both, sister. Onwards and upwards, right? XX

Miyan said...

great post. living abroad really is a roller coaster and it really is real life. sometimes i feel like i just paused my life back in texas and i will someday return, but nope- life goes on abroad or not. but its all about the experience and what you take from what you learn. the culture, the friendships, the travels and sights and emotions. glad to have someone like you to relate to :))

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Michi said...

Living anywhere outside of your normal realm can be exhausting! You're constantly stimulated by so many things - the language, new paths and roads, the culture, the food, people, etc - you're always on your toes and crave just being able to relax amidst all of it.

Then there's the beauty and priceless experience of living abroad, of keeping yourself on your toes for fear you'll miss out on anything. It's complicated, yet wonderful, Catch-22, isn't it?