I know, it’s been a while but I’m finally settled at my new place a little bit and ready to tell you about the process of moving and a bit about my first week in Tokyo. Before we begin, I have to say that I genuinely tried to film a vlog but this journey was full of little disasters and, as a result, I have only a few random clips. If you want to know what exactly happened, just keep on reading. A little disclaimer: this is gonna be a long post so be prepared.
The night before the Day X was not the best: I went to bed at midnight and fell asleep only at 2:30 am, which meant that I had only 3 hours to sleep. In reality, I slept for less than 3 hours just because I woke up every 40 minutes and stared at the ceiling. In the morning, anxiety hit me and I felt super dizzy and sick. And it became worse on my way to the airport because we got stuck in a huge rush hour traffic and I was really nervous that we won’t get to the airport on time. Luckily, we came even before check-in began and everything went smooth (I mean, luggage drop-off, passport control, customs, etc). The only thing… I thought, I was strong enough not to cry. The situation proved me wrong.
Since I had a transit flight, my first stop was at Vaanta airport in Helsinki, Finland. The flight was short (less than 2 hours) and I slept for the whole time so everything went smooth. I had to wait for about 3 hours for my next flight. But actually the plane took off 1 hour later than planned because we had to wait for some passengers that lost their luggage (or something like that). The weather was snowy so we had to wait additional 20 minutes while the airport stuff was cleaning (for the lack of better word) the plane.
My seat was in Economy Pro class (I believe this is what it’s called) and it basically means the there is more space between seats and I could actually stretch out my legs (yay!)
Spoiler: this flight wasn’t smooth at all. In the beginning, I felt calm and actually great so I intended to watch a couple of movies and get some sleep. Wow, was I wrong…
First obstacle on my way to the great flight was the man next to me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s really nice, we exchanged a couple of phrases and he kindly helped me to but my suitcase on the shelf but apparently he was ill and coughed from time to time. It could have been alright however… his cough was the scariest cough I’ve ever heard. And it was so loud that even my headphones didn’t help me at all.
Okay, I more or less got used to his sounds. And here comes the second problems – babies. I have to be honest, I’m not the most tolerant person when it comes to babies or just children in general. I can’t really stand them crying or screaming because I immediately feel uncomfortable and have a terrible, almost migraine like, headache. So, there were 2 or 3 of them around me and they cried for 7 hours straight. Sometimes only one of them, sometimes all at once. I honestly thought my head would pop.
As you can imagine, I had to say goodbye to a good sleep. All in all, the flight was not that bad (you can also check out my flight survival tips here). I watched (well, rewatched) ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’. And to my surprise I managed to doze off for an hour or so.
After long 9 hours I finally landed in Narita airport. Not gonna tell much here. I went through all standard airport procedures (with the exception of passport control. Airport stuff took me to the special office where I got my 在留カード (resident card) and working permit) and met school representatives. Actually, I intended to get some additional sleep in the bus but I was too excited and stared in a window for the whole time regardless of my fatigue. The rest of the day was not really interesting: I got some instructions from school, went to my dormitory and explored surrounding area a bit. My neighborhood is really quiet and peaceful but I live really close to Ikebukuro which is great!
The first week was not really intense. On the next day after arrival I had a placement test at school and was free until April 10 (when I had 入学式 which is an Entrance Ceremony). During the week I did some house supplies shopping (I actually needed to buy EVERYTHING except for household appliances like washing machine, fridge and microwave). I posted some stuff to Twitter and, yes, I’m still in love with my sakura kettle!
On April 6 I met with my Japanese friend and went to a festival (I guess?) at his university. Basically, it was a music club live where members performed songs of various Japanese bands. Everyone did an amazing job!
After that we went to a restaurant with club members and had an amazing time there eating lots of delicious food and talking to each other.
As I mentioned before, April 10 was the Entrance Ceremony Day (actually nothing really interesting) and lessons started on April 11.
So, I think it’s a good place to finish my first post in yet another series on my blog! It was a lengthy one but I really hope you liked it. I will be updating you on my life in Japan from time to time so be sure to check my blog occasionally if you are interested! Looking forward to your comments!
Till next time!