I´m coming home

Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
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Trip End Feb 04, 2006


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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Phew, my time is nearly over here. On 28th of January I will hop on the plane again. How did the time fly by so fast? I just arrived here... I guess I ought to summarize my thoughts about my time here a bit.

I will miss these things:
- karaoke. Just getting the group together and singing till 5 am
- purikura. I counted I´ve taken those small sticker photos 16 times when I´ve been here.
- my bathtub. I suppose I won´t have one until I move to my own house.
- the konbinis. Open 24h a day and the closest is only 2 min walk from the dormitory!
- vending machines. They´re everywhere, you can buy almost anything.
- Disneyland Tokyo. I wanna go again!

I sure as hell won´t miss these things:
- the paperwork. It never ends.
- the academic level of the courses at the university. I feel like I´ve been back to Junior High.
- the endless "Gaijin" (foreigner!) -shouts. I´ve heard this three times today and I was out only half an hour!
- the non-existing English speakers. Seriously, maybe 0,5% of the Japanese can speak English for real.
- the weather. Going from sticky humidity to "hell freezes over".
- the school building. The coldest place I´ve ever had to spend time in.

I´ve got to see many cool places, met a lot of people and perhaps even learnt some more of the language, but I seriously doubt that I would come to live in this country again. Everything is monitored, everything has a strict form, for everything you need to fill out papers, and everything takes ages.

I wouldn´t mind paying Tokyo another visit. Me and Tommy were there such a short time that we didn´t get to go to for example Asakusa (part of the city everyone´s been praising AFTER we got back from Tokyo) and spend some more time in Harajuku, but otherwise, I feel other countries calling, Finland as number one. I want to continue traveling, but living somewhere else? I think it´ll be a while.
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