久しぶり! Sorry for the long silence everyone, I’ve just been way too busy sightseeing, drinking, and goofing off for the past week to be able to update my blog as much as I’d have liked. Honestly, my schedule just never seems to give me a break these days.
The preceding statement was made in sarcasm. Life in Japan rules 🙂
Andy, the last of my visitors during this year abroad, has just left after a week of debauchery, tomfoolery, and any other funny words ending in “ery” that you may be able to come up with. His visit went as perfectly as I could’ve hoped. That’s not to say that all of the other visitors – my mom, my dad, Nick, David, Ron, Jason – weren’t equally fun, I just felt that this time many of the limitations that held me back in the past had completely disappeared.
For example, when my dad came I’d just moved into a new apartment and had to spend a significant amount of time buying furniture, setting up utilities, etc. When Ron and Jason came I’d only just moved to Kyoto, so both my language skills and knowledge of the city left quite a bit to be desired.
But this time, even though I had a final during Andy’s first morning here we still managed to be extremely productive and knock off virtually all of the “necessary Kyoto sights” in the first two days, leaving time for a bonus trip down to Nara on the third.
Thanks in large part to Betty for offering to lend us her bicycle during Andy’s entire stay 🙂
Note: you may recall that I used to have two bicycles. You may also recall that I recently donated one of them to the homeless after riding it cross-country to Shikoku this winter vacation (see the series of posts called “Tour De Japan”).
Poor planning on my part.
Predictably, Andy’s reaction to Kyoto was exactly what I’ve tried to communicate through this blog over the past year:
“Wow, Kyoto f__ing rules.”
Even after seven days of seeing various parts of the country, he still left telling me that he now fully understood what I meant when I said “there’s just something amazing about Kyoto. Something that you can’t describe. You just have to come and feel it for yourself.”
A bit like learning the truth about The Matrix, I suppose.
So anyways, we whizzed around Kyoto on our bikes for two days getting a quick sample of everything from the strange dancer mentioned in my previous post to the comicbook megastore “Book-Off” to the 2,000 year old temple I ride through every day on the way to the supermarket.
Just a brief taste of my life over the last fourteen months.
And then we headed to Tokyo. Yes, Tokyo. Again. For my fifth time. And you know what?
Still composed of 100% Pure Grade-A Insanity.
However, because it’s late and my mastery of the English language is diminishing by the minute, I’m going to leave that story for tomorrow morning.