Day 23 (Mon. 8/19/13): Oh Yeah, I Have a Job

Just another day at the office. Though today I got a pay slip! Moolah, woo! I also received some cookie omiyage from Nishimura-san and Ohnishi-san. Sweet!

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Day 22 (Sun. 8/18/13): Post-Kumano

I woke up several times in the morning because I was cold, and it was only around 11 that I woke up completely because everyone else was, whispering amongst themselves. I heard someone mention my grinding teeth. So sorry, folks, I wish I knew how to control it.

People pretty much trickled out, catching their trains to their respective towns. A large group of us went to the famed Mos Burger. They had a drive-thru, which surprised me a little, though I don’t know why. I tried their regular burger, and honestly it was meh. Not bad, but not great.

Before we caught the train home, we stopped inside an omiyage shop. I got a mug to send home, and a cell phone charm to send along with the other gifts for Nathalie’s birthday, and after spotting a pack of Kumano post cards, I decided to get that too so that I could write everyone back home.

After we said good-bye to everyone, Kirsten and I were on the train back to Ouchiyama. It had been such a fun trip, and everyone had been so cool.

Day 20 (Fri. 8/16/13)

This time, Maika-san, Inaba-san, and Nishimura-san were gone. I guess everyone’s celebrating their Obon holiday on their own days. It was a day like any other, email, then move on to cutting stickers. Ohnishi-san wanted a copy of my passport, and I couldn’t help but both smirk and grimace while he was copying it, remembering the conversation Kirsten and I had about our passport photos during the drive to the festival yesterday.

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Day 19 (Thurs. 8/15/13): Obon Festival

I received an email from Vika about the insurance issue, and she too was at a loss as to the meaning of the huge sum of money being demanded all of a sudden. Right when I was trying to look up on the internet what it could possibly be, I received another email from her saying that she was fine with it, that there was some oversight on her part somewhere. I didn’t quite understand, but if she was OK with my giving the money to Ohnishi-san, then that’s what I’ll do. Continue reading

Day 18 (Wed. 8/14/13): Some Love From Home

Back to the good ol’ BoE today! As soon as I came in, Maika-san came up to me and handed me a package. It was the one that Mom had mentioned she had sent. I was quite surprised that it was here though. The address on the box was very much my apartment’s. It had come yesterday while I was gone, but Kirsten had told me that any packages that you were not around to pick up would be held in the post office. So why was it here?

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Day 17 (Tues. 8/13/13): Mie Orientation, Round 2

I woke up early again, and though I felt much better about traveling by myself, I was concerned about being tired for driving. Once I got started, I noticed that I was a bit low on gas. I missed the damn gas station AGAIN, but I figured that I’d go to my trusty Eneos. Except that it wasn’t open yet. I didn’t know what other gas stations laid beyond. I kept missing them, mostly because I didn’t know the logos for the gas stations here, and once I spotted the pumps, it would be too late. Meanwhile the needle is getting closer and closer to that E. Just when I was getting really worried, I finally caught a Cosmo. This one turned out to be full-service too. As the man was helping me, he commented that it was already getting hot this early in the morning.

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