Sunday, 28 February 2010

Arriving and Ueno

So I arrived in Japan yesterday after the longest flight of my life. Not kidding, I haven't been outside of Europe before! And try to find a comfortable position to sleep in on an airplane - fantastically impossible. So after just a few hours of sleep I landed at Narita an hour later than planned. Then it was the HUGE queue to get accepted into Japan (because it is only the people with Japanese passports or re-entry permits who get to be accepted without further notice). But I finally got there, got my picture and fingerprints taken and got that stamp in my passport. Then I went to get my luggage, which was easy enough. Then I went through the customs, which is compulsory here, and was asked some questions by the police standing there. How long was I going to stay? Whose address was it that I had written? Did I have any official document of the host family? (Yes, Japanese airports are military states) Then I was free to go, about an hour after the plane had landed I got to the woman holding "my" yellow sign. She made a few quick calls, since the schedule had changed due to the plane being late. Then she paid my bus ticket and put me on the airport bus towards Tokyo.
When I arrived at Tokyo Central Air Terminal I had to wait another 30 minutes before my host mother and my room mate arrived to pick me up. So we got on the tube and I got my school pass and then we finally arrived Sakura-shinmachi and Setagaya, where I'm going to live. I'll take a picture of Sakura-shinmachi later - it's all pink (!), due to its name being Sakura (cherry).

I got my own room and started to unpack, but was then called down for lunch - sushi ^^ For the first time I got to taste inari, nattou and real tamagoyaki - all yummy :) After lunch I was supposed to just take a power nap and then go out with my French room mate Audray and her friends, but I ended up sleeping for 10½ hours. At midnight I woke up and stayed up for an hour then I went back to bed and slept for another eight hours - jet lag is really something xD

So when I got up today I started to unpack and didn't go down to take a shower until I was finished. After shower it was time for breakfast - yoghurt, toast and Japanese sweet potatoes (Satsuma). At breakfast I gave my host mother, Yoshiko, the scrapbook I had prepared as a present for her. It was all about Sweden and she really liked it. All throughout breakfast we had a conversation about Sweden and it was really funny :) After breakfast I spent some time on the internet and waited for Audray to wake up. When she did she asked me if I wanted to go to Ueno park with her later and I said yes. Around 2 we got on the tube and went to Ueno, which is on the other side of Tokyo so it was quite some trip! When we got there we first waited for Audray's friend who was going to meet us there but we couldn't find her so we went to buy some onigiri for lunch. Before lunch we went to the tent where they sell food and china/porcelain and such things, I didn't take a picture since I was too busy watching to remember ^^; Maybe I'll go back there, they had some really cute chopsticks :P Then we had lunch and it was all good, but the last onigiri had some really weird salty/sour taste so we went to buy something sweet and ended up with crêpes :P While eating those crêpes we then went around looking at the temples and taking pictures.
After going round to many temples, we decided to go down on the main street (I think) and ended up looking for shoes. Audray came in December and originally she was only going to stay for three months, but she changed her mind and is now going to stay for three more months, thus she has no spring shoes. Japanese shoes have sizes from S-L and it's gonna be hard finding shoes. Audray is smaller than me and she's having problems finding shoes in size L that fits, the same goes for me. I actually found a pair that I liked and kind of fitted if i removed my socks, too bad I didn't have any cash at that time. I've never felt limited not having cash before, but here hardly anyone accepts a card so if you have no cash you're doomed and most ATMs don't accept foreign issued cards. Tomorrow I'll go to the post office opposite the school and withdraw some money :)

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Uppkörningsångest

Jag hatar det här. Om en vecka har jag min uppkörning - och det börjar kännas! Det känns som om numera när jag kör gör jag bara fel hela tiden, uppenbara fel som jag borde veta att inte göra, som jag inte borde göra. Och för första gången sen jag fick min uppkörningstid känns det som om jag kanske inte kommer klara det.

Ingen stor grej egentligen om det inte hade varit för att jag åker till Japan för 4 månader dagen därpå. Klarar jag det inte på torsdag får jag göra om både uppkörning och teoriprov i juni och det vill jag inte.

Blä, jag vet att jag kan det här. Jag hatar det. Jag kan teorin perfekt. Jag vet precis hur jag ska göra. Tyvärr blir det inte så när jag gör det :(

Monday, 15 February 2010

Funny something

I found this on Tiffany's Tumblr and thought it was funny so here goes:

BOLD what you LIKE.

Reading.
Writing.
The Beatles.
True Blood.
Demi Lovato.
Miley Cyrus.
Selena Gomez.
Taylor Swift.
Knitting.
Crafts.
Perez Hilton.
Tea.
Cats.
Twitter.
Cold weather.

Tofu.
Hummus.
Adam Lambert.
Muse.
The Killers.
Jay Leno.

Conan O’Brien.
Craig Ferguson.
PCs.
John Lennon.

Jennifer Aniston.
LOST.
Marriage Equality.
Michael Buble.
Poetry.
Yoga.
Crocs.
Peace.
My hometown.

Proper spelling.
Proper grammar.
Disney.

Saturday Night Live.
Stem Cell Research.
Green movement.
Adopting animals.
Vegetarianism/Veganism.
Jimmy Fallon.
Learning new languages.
David Bowie.
Snow.
Horror books.

Fantasy books.
Disney Channel Shows.
Being pale.

I am a cuddler.
I am a morning person.
I am an only child.
I am currently in my pajamas.
I am currently pregnant.
I am currently single.
I am currently suffering from a broken heart.
I am left handed.
I am married.
I am addicted to my MySpace.
I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
I am a little shy around the opposite gender at first.
I bite my nails.

I can be paranoid at times.
I don’t like anyone.
I enjoy country music.
I enjoy jazz music.
I enjoy smoothies.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I have a car.
I have/had a hard time paying attention at school.
I have a hidden talent.
I have a pet.

I have a tendency to fall for the “wrong” guy/girl.
I have all my grandparents
I have been to another country.
I have been told that I have an unusual sense of humor.
I have or had broken a bone.
I have caller I.D. on my phone.
I have bathed someone.
I have changed a diaper.
I have changed a lot over the past year.
I have done something illegal.
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
I have had major/minor surgery.
I have killed another person.
I have had my hair cut within the last week.
I have mood swings.
I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I have rejected someone before.
I have seen the television show The O.C.
I have seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I like the taste of blood.


I love Michael Jackson.
I love sleeping.
I love to play computer games.
I love to shop.

I own 100 CDs or more.
I own and use a library card.
I read books for pleasure in my spare time.

I sleep a lot during the day.
I strongly dislike math.
I was born in a country other than the US.

I watch soap operas on a regular basis.
I work at a job that I enjoy.
I would classify myself as ghetto.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
I am currently wearing socks.

I am tired.
I love to paint/draw/sketch/sculpt.

I consume at least 1 alchoholic drink every month
I have a screen name.
I have/had
Graduated high school.
Kissed someone.
Rode every ride at an amusement park.
Collected something really stupid.
Gone to a rock concert.

Helped someone.
Gone fishing.

Spun turn tables.
Watched four movies in one night.
Been dumped.

Failed a class.
Dealt drugs.
Taken a college level course.
Been in a car accident.
Been in a tornado.
Done hard drugs (i.e. ecstasy, heroin, crack, meth, acid).
Watched someone die.
Been to a funeral.
Burned yourself.
Ran a marathon.
Your parents got divorced.
Cried yourself to sleep.
Spent over $200 in one day. (well £s)
Cheated on someone.
Been cheated on.
Written a 10 page letter.
Gone skiing.
Been sailing.
Had a best friend.
Lost someone you loved.
Shoplifted something.
Been to jail.
Had detention.
Skipped school.
Got in trouble for something you didn’t do.
Stolen books from the library.
Gone to a different country.
Been in a mental hospital.
Watched the “Harry Potter” movies.
Fired a gun.
Gambled in a casino.
Had a yard sale.
And a lemonade stand.
Actually made money at the lemonade stand.
Been in a school play.
Been fired from a job.
Taken a lie detector test.
Swam with dolphins.
Gone to Sea World.
Attempted suicide.
Voted for American/Australian Idol.
Written poetry.
Read more than 20 books a year.

Gone to Europe.
Loved someone you couldn’t have.
Wondered about your sexuality.

Used a coloring book over age 12.
Had surgery.
Had stitches.
Taken a taxi.
Seen the Washington Monument.
Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once.
Overdosed.
Had a drug or alcohol problem.
Been in a fist fight.
Had a hamster.
Petted a wild animal.
Used a credit card.
Gone surfing in California.
Did “spirit day” at school.
Dyed your hair.
Got a tattoo.
Had something pierced.
Got straight A’s.
Been on the Honor Roll.
Your parents sent you to a shrink.
Been handcuffed.
Known someone with HIV or AIDS.
Taken pictures with a webcam.
Started a fire.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Pokémon addict

I started reading this web comic about a week ago and since then I've been stuck on my DS playing Pokémon Pearl every free moment. Breaks at school, bus trips, before sleeping. Maybe I should try doing something constructive like reading those books I started on months ago... Or writing on that story that I never seem to get started on... But playing Pokémon is my addiction right now, not even the fact that I bought the original Rayman on GBA and Quack Attack on PS2 that I've been dying to have for years could change this. Go Pokémon! xD

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Snow

For a second last week I thought that the snow was finally fading. Winter was coming to an end. How very wrong I was. Wednesday last week: snow storm. Don't remember much from it, though, so it can't have been that big or my memory isn't as good as I thought it was ;)

Anyhow, yesterday it started snowing again. Blizzard. Awesome. The original plan for me every Tuesday after school is to directly take the train to Malmö for a kendo session. I decided halfway through my reading comprehension class that that wasn't going to happen that day. First I decided on only the advanced session starting an hour after the beginner's session, but then I cut it out completely and decided to dump my kendo stuff at Love's (for future use on Thursday) and try to head home. 10 minutes before departure I checked the computer to see if my bus line was cancelled due to the snow, it said it wasn't. So I went down there and stood there waiting for 30 minutes. About then the three of us standing there realised that we were waiting for the same bus. A woman was talking to her husband on her mobile and after they hung up I tried to call the bus center but the line was engaged. Guess everyone was calling at that time. Then the woman's husband called again and said he'd been in touch with the bus center and our bus line was cancelled. Great. So now what? Thought of taking the train and go home via Malmö, but that was a lost cause since the trains were all at least 40 minutes late and I knew my bus home from Malmö left once every hour at that time. Called Mum to see if she could pick me up. She said she'd try and I went back to Love's to wait for her. After 30 minutes she called and said she couldn't get out of Svedala (the village where I live), all roads were blocked. She also said that she'd been listening to the radio while trying to find her way out and it had said that the bigger roads were the worst and they had also interviewed a woman who had been stuck on a bus since 5pm (by then it was almost 8pm). So right, stuck in Lund. No stuff for my contacts and no pills, but it still worked out somehow. Sitting there with Love I thought of Fluff who was leading the children's session in aikido that evening and he'd probably be stuck in Lund like me so I asked him to come over after the session, and he did. So that brightened it all up a bit :)

After school and a driving lesson today I finally managed to get home. I once again thought of taking the train and go home via Malmö, but when I got to the central station all trains were still at least 40 minutes late, so I decided to try to find a bus to Malmö, when at that exact point my direct bus line home arrived. When I got home I was told that everything in this area had been cancelled yesterday. Trains, buses, flights... Only trains that were not cancelled were the ones going to Stockholm and they were all heavily delayed. I think I even read about a train falling off track somewhere? The bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen were closed and no flights were allowed to arrive at or depart from Copenhagen Airport (guess it was the same for Malmö airport). I also read the headlines of a local newspaper that people stuck in car queues in the storm had left their cars and tried to walk home. Don't know how well that went, but they probably kept warmer walking than sitting in the cars.

Tonight it started snowing again. In "my" village the parts that haven't been cleared of snow are over knee deep! It's easier to walk on the roads where the cars are than to walk on the pavements. I really was hoping for some scent of spring before I left for Japan, but right now that doesn't seem very probable.

About my driving lesson today. Snow is very complicated (but fun) to drive in. And! I also got booked for my test and if I pass I will have a licence when I get back from Japan in June. My test is on February 25 and I leave 8am on the 26th ^^; The theory test is on Tuesday so these last few days until then I will try to do nothing but studying for it. Sorry, but Japanese and university has to come second right now :P I'm nervous, but at the same time I can't wait for all this driving lesson stuff to end and finally (finally!) get that licence!

Time to sleep now, early day tomorrow. G'night!