Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The adventure has begun

I am finally with my host family! I have done many other things since my arrival but It will be confusing if I don`t start from the beginning.

Window seat yush!

For those who didn`t know I have never been on a plane in my life as far as my memory serves me.  The first flight was from Portland to LA with 1 stop in the middle.  Overall it was interesting because exciting, boring, and scary all at the same time.

My mood the best way I could describe it.

After my flight and some getting lost in the airport with another AFSer we waited for the hotel bus.

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After a one night oreientation we finally were getting ready for our big flight.  At the oreientation i met the exchange students going to Japan and China, however China`s flight left at 3 am so I don`t have any pictures of them.
The bus to the Airport. 
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 My sister asked me to take a video of the international flight.

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11 and a half hours later.
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After we landed we got on another bus, little did we know we would be awake for another 6 hours.
 Yay energy drinks!
Thought it was a great idea at the time.

Finally we arrived at the hotel and had dinner.
 After dinner we were greeted with a dance!

 
The Orientation was 3 days long and we weren`t allowed to go outside.  However, It was the nicest hotel I ever stayed at... 
that said we got 3 huge meals everyday and had no real time or way of exercising.  I felt like a fat pig.  The dicussion went for about 2-3 hours each if it wasn`t for our voulenteers I would have been bored to death.
I was part of group 7 and volunteers were great since they both had common interests as us.
After the orientation we had a long bus ride ahead of us.
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Beginning of a 8 hour bus ride.

A quick glimpse at Tokyo bay

Finally after 8 hours I met my host mother, took my first train ride (not lightrails) and arrived at my host family.  So far it has been great and I am already learning how to cook Japanese food.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Good bye everybody I got to go!

However I am not necessarily leaving you all behind, everyone can see what I am up to on this blog as well newsletters I will be sending out to a select few.  I will be taking a ton of pictures and now and then a vlog to post on here now and then so be sure to look for those.  I have been packing and am almost!  Done due to the program being delayed I have to carry three letters explaining why my certificate of orientation is out dated, hopefully they won't be wrinkled in my carry-on background.  Other then that I am very nervous upon entering the country however I know it will be one of, if not, the best experience of my life.  Everyone be sure to check on my blog as this marks the beginning of my adventures in Japan.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The time of coming is near

So yea... Today is the 10th of August and I leave for LA Airport on the 17th.  Everything is slowly falling into place and soon I will be on my way to Japan!  Over the past few months I had become worried this date may not arrive due to multiple illnesses.  Currently I am confident it won't effect my plans.  Today I have a bon voyage picnic with the other host students.  I look forward to seeing them and how they are coping with the up coming trip.  Hopefully I might learn a few tips from them since I have never been on a plane (as far as my memory serves me) if anyone has suggestions feel free to leave a comment or something.  One last thing I would like to again thank everyone who has helped me get this far, it really is a dream come true.  I will most definitely try to share the experience as best I can through this blog, pictures, and vlogs.  This blog will get a lot of use in the next few days so be sure to visit to see how my adventures are going!