1. Our flight with Korean air was lovely to say the least, clean and friendly and accommodating. Tooth brushes, tooth paste, and disposable slippers are given after being seated. Followed by two delicious meals served with complimentary wine, coffee, and tea; two snacks; and darling flight attendants (clad impeccably head to toe in shades of white, tan and aquamarine) constantly circulating with trays of orange and pineapple juice. The latter being my very favourite! The time flew...no pun intended.
2. Landed in Narita Airport at 3pm December 29th. Had a brief and lovely encounter with wifi, though at the time we did not appreciate it as we should have.
3. Vending machines galore in the train stations (and everywhere come to find out). First vended drink - BOSS. A coffee drink similar to a Starbucks double shot, that is to say, it's alright. But Tommy Lee Jones is the spokesperson for it, so it must be pretty bad ass.
4. Tickets to Kashiwa with one change over seemed simple enough. The train transfer gave us less than 2 minutes to get out of one train up an escalator through a hall, down another escalator and into another train before the doors closed on us. All whilst lugging 2 rolling suitcases and a shoulder bag...each. Needless to say, it was like a high speed choreographed movie scene. We made it.
5. Our roommate picked us up and dropped us at the apartment. She ordered Pizza Hut delivery for us. Not our proudest first meal in a foreign country, until we took a bite. It was Teriyaki Chicken Pizza with asparagus and corn. "Are you kidding me??!!" ...it was absolutely delectable! We have since completely avoided foods we can get in the States. ...Starbucks doesn't count.
6. Our apartment is small, but only in comparison to what we are used to back home. We share a twin sized mat on the floor ...video to come.
7. We found an internet cafe in town, thanks to a phrases book (intoneto cafe wa doko des ka?) and helpful locals. The look of it was quite deceiving, think - seedy scene in a Nick Cage action thriller. Though in reality of course, it was nothing like that.
8. I ate meat! ...which to those of you that know me, is kind of a big deal. I have only eaten chicken and fish for the past 15 years. But moving to another country I decided I need to give it all a try! I think I ate pork? And one other thing, still
undetermined. I pretty much just point at the menu...for now.
9. Most used words so far - Sumimasen and Arigato (Excuse me/I'm sorry and Thank you)