I will start off by going back a few days and including a picture from the last night with Nick’s family in California.
The next day Nick’s parents drove us to San Diego, the location of our departure from the States. Nick and I had 9 bags between the 2 of us...needless to say, we had to stuff them in the car, barely leaving enough room for us to fit!
We went to dinner in the area of San Diego called the Gas Lamp district, at the Rock Bottom Brewery. Very tasty!
After we said our final goodbyes to Nick’s parents, I decided to have one more cocktail to calm my very anxious nerves! I can’t even explain how antsy I was awaiting our departure! Knowing we were FINALLY going to Japan after all the preparing made me so excited I had a queasy stomach! Nonetheless, the several beverages that I had throughout the course of the evening before definitely helped!
We had a very early next morning…we got up at 4:30, made it to the airport, got our bags checked (they all passed the weight limit, even if just barely!), got through security and even had time to down 1 more cocktail before getting on the plane!
It was a long flight, the longest for both Nick and I, and we were very cramped. We sat in the 60th of 61 rows, directly in the middle! Talk about claustrophobia!!! Nick had a little Japanese lady on his right who didn't utter a word the entire time and wore a face mask and slippers! I was taken aback by this.... The flight was about 90% Japanese, (obviously) and many of them wore face masks the whole time. This made me think, were all of them sick or were they afraid they might get sick from us? Also, the slippers made me laugh... I knew that Japanese people took their shoes off in their homes, but until recently did not know that they actually take them off at many other places as well. I read in a book by an American who went to Japan to teach English, that school children as well as teachers take their shoes off in Japanese schools and wear slippers all day! Bizarre!!!
The guy who sat on my left was from Israel, by the name of Itai. He was a very interesting and intelligent man. He spoke 4 languages, and had visited almost every country. He was our diversion for the flight because after we got on the plane, we were told that the entertainment system didn’t work and we would not be able to watch movies! What a bummer!
Nick was able to get in a couple of naps…haha! I however, was so hyped up that I could not sleep even if I wanted to!