Tomorrow we're off to Japan.
It's our first trip to Asia, but luckily we've had a lot of help.
Our friends Gail and Joe are English teachers in Hiroshima, and we're ending our trip by spending a few nights with them. In fact, they're pretty much the reason why we're going to Japan in the first place. If you're my friend and you live in a foreign country, I will come visit you!
This trip is about two years in the making. I worked with Gail for four years at the Springfield News-Sun, but I haven't seen her since she and Joe moved to Japan about two months before Paul and I came to New York. Moving from Ohio to New York seemed like a big jump, so I can't wait to see first-hand how living in Japan compares to the Midwest.
Luckily, Gail keeps a blog that's as entertaining as it is fascinating. Keep an eye on my blog over the next week or so for some links to a few of Gail's funniest posts. My parents particularly liked Gail's post about the prevalence of statues and images of raccoon dogs with oversized testicles. You'll get that link next week, and so much more!
So ... bags are packed, Lost in Translation is watched (for the third time) and I'm ready to go. Now I just have to prep myself for the 14 hour non-stop flight.