Travel Journal of my Time in Japan
July 25, 2006
Looking Back on my Time in Japan
As it turned out, I returned to the U.S. two and a half months before my first contract ended because my mom decided to move into a much smaller apartment that didn't accept pets. Some of my things were in her apartment, and she was looking after Julie, my goofy cat. My mom was planning to move out in June. My things and my cat could stay in the apartment until the lease was up in August, but she wouldn't be there much, so Julie would be alone a lot. And if I finished the contract I would only have two weeks to make arrangements for my things once I got back. So then the question became should I even finish my original contract or not. At the time it was a difficult decision to make, but in the end I decided I needed to be in the US to take care of my cat and make arrangements for my things. And I don't regret not completing my original contract because it took me two months to clear out the apartment and make arrangements for all my things - and some of my mom's things. I didn't put an entry up here about my decision to return early, because I wanted to surprise everyone. :-)
Life Since Japan
Connections to Japan
Masatoshi and Reiko came to visit me in December 2003, when I was living in Salt Lake City. The photo to the right is all of us having dinner in downtown Salt Lake City. I hope they will visit again because Masatoshi travels around the world for his work. He is a research scientist.
I met Reiji (one of the three gentlemen) for hiking and camping in Death Valley National Park in early September 2005. He was living in Los Angeles and I was living in Salt Lake City - and Death Valley was in the middle! The photo below is us at the top of a mountain looking down into the salt flats in the valley. Man, it was hot!
Mariko planned a trip to Chicago thinking I would be there, but I couldn't get there. :-( Maybe once I'm settled in Chicago, more Japan friends will come to visit me. I plan to extend direct invitations now that I will finally have a guest bedroom. :-) Or maybe one day I will return to Japan and visit them. We'll see. For right now, I need to stay in one place and catch up from all my travels and challenges in recent years.