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In the beginning...

Hello from the Qantas International Business Lounge!

Hell hath no fury like my mother denied what she wants. We had planned on taking one small suitcase each as cabin luggage (actually, my mother was going to take two), and had packed our stuff accordingly. However, our bags weighed more than the regulated 7kg, and thus we had to check them.

I was fine with this, seeing as how we didn't really have much choice in the matter, but my mother... ooooo boy was she irritated. It doesn't really make any difference, seeing as how we were going to have to wait for one of my bags anyway, but she is frustrated because she can't change her clothes midflight or something.

Anyway, I'm getting excited, but I'm still quite nervous. I woke up this morning before my alarm and had to remind myself that yes, really - I am going to Japan. It's all a bit surreal.

I'm a bit paniced that I don't know how to ask for a train ticket in Japanese, but the lovely Alex Neilson will be meeting my mother and I at the airport and helping us get to our hotel, which is terribly nice of him. In return, he shall be getting some of his long-lost DVDs that Jye and I have been looking after.

Must run now - cranky business men want to use the 'puter.

Love and well wishes...


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 13th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)
I hereby challenge you to not spend even one idle moment thinking about work at all. Oh oops, there I go reminding you!

But seriously, turn it off as much as you can, and have a fabulous time!
Apr. 13th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
Damn! Forgot to tell you how the train tickets work.

Look at the map above the ticket machines; it should have the names of all the stations listed with a price. Just buy that price ticket. Feed in your money and press the button with the right number.

Sometimes the station names are all in Kanji; in that case just find a station guy and ask him "Shinjuku made wa ikura?".

Meh, you'll work it out. :) Have fun!
Apr. 14th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
As of today, we`re going to be on JR passes for the whole trip. Good thing Alex was there to meet us at the airport, because otherwise we`d be right royally screwed.

Ah, the joys of having only a scraping of language knowledge...
Apr. 13th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
have bunches of fun and bring us back a stack of Interesting Stories [TM].


come back safe
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