Waiting for an off-season typhoon, tonight. I stocked up on food and magazines, and I'm secretly hoping I get to sleep in an extra hour tomorrow. I have lots of packing to do, and so far my suitcase is filled to the brim with snacks to give as gifts. How will I find room for clothes? And why is Montreal hotter than Tokyo at the moment?
Thank you for the book recommendations, I want to read them all! I just wonder how I can survive a 16 or 17-hour trip, not to mention all the waiting time in between. It's pretty much a full day of just being on planes and transferring.
Just today I was emailing my mom about what I want to eat when I get home; she asked me to list all the meals I want, but all I can think about are fruits and vegetables. I've been so deprived of (especially) fruits in Japan, because they're so expensive- I must have scurvy by now. All I want to eat are fruits and vegetables and salads. And my mom's soups and desserts! Other than that, I'm not sure how I feel about the rest, I've been on a mostly Japanese diet for a few years now, but home is home and I'll be happy to be reunited with a large selection of affordable cheese, real bread (none of that sweet bakery junk we have in Japan) and cultural variety.
Another thing I look forward to is to not have to worry about cockroaches. As soon as June rolls around in Japan, I'm on constant roach radar mode, which means I anticipate them all the time and my heart stops every time I see a black spot. I haven't gotten them since I set up traps last year, but I just know I'll encounter a few more in my Japan life. I live in constant fear and anticipation, every time I turn on the lights or open the door to my apartment. I became a clean freak, even though it doesn't necessarily help. In Canada, I'll be able to relax and not think of the winged beasts.
I hope I get to relax at home, not just physically, but mentally as well. I feel like I need a real break to just recharge and reflect on what has happened in the last four years.
Four more sleeps!