(I left our nice camera with Josh so please forgive the horrible cellphone photography)
Landed in Tokyo yesterday afternoon around 2 local time after I mind warping 13 hour flight, hours waiting in line, and a 2 hour bus ride. It was rather easy to get through the airport thanks to the JET staff directing us. I was feeling totally chill until the bus ride to the hotel- everything started sinking in after I saw the landscape and the buildings. It wasn’t a panic kind of feeling per se, it was more of an information overload. I started to forget details and names as soon as they were told to me. My brain felt super foggy. I felt like I couldn’t make correct sentences and my legs were all swollen from the long flight. Sat next to some cool peeps from Canada and California that made the ride a lot better though.
Once I got to the hotel, it seemed like everyone wanted to hit the town. I just wanted to stay in my room, drink some tea, and recharge though. My room mate and friend Laura from Kentucky helped me buy some delicious conbini food (onigiri and bottled tea- tasted like heaven to my weary soul) in Shinjuku once I felt up to it, and then I promptly fell asleep after eating it. It’s currently about 7 Monday morning. My room mates and I are currently getting ready to grab some breakfast at the hotel and then start the first day of job training.