第3話。

After a lot of errands and e-mail and waiting on people to be back from vacation, I’m nearly ready for my semester abroad in Japan. I have a shiny student visa and a fresh international driver’s permit. I’ve bought vitamins, medicines, and a new pair of shoes. I’ve been eating my perishables and finishing my games. I went to the dentist for a checkup (and subsequent filling, and then a follow-up to address a complication). I got new lenses for my glasses. I even got a new camera (since it’s been five years since I got the last one).

All that remains is to charge my electronics, clean the apartment so it’s not dirty when I come back, and pack for the trip (which won’t take too long, since it’ll be mostly clothes). My flight leaves really early on Sunday, which means I’ll have to leave even earlier, and I won’t arrive in Japan until early evening on Monday (local time). The good news is that most of my flights will be on JAL planes.

Four months is a long time, so I’ll be shutting off my cable/internet, turning off my fridge and hot water heater, and unplugging most everything else. I’m looking forward to surrounding myself with Japanese (both the language and the people) to improve my speaking and listening, and this time, I’ll have classes to help me read and write better.

This is a big deal for me. I plan to make the most of it.

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