So many things have happened in the last month but really, it’s only one thing. We have arrived in Japan, where we will be living for the next 2 years. Oh golly.
After a more than adventurous trip to Rhode Island for my hubby’s Navy ODS (Officer Development School) graduation, that’s a whole other story… We got on a plane for a 13+ hour flight to Tokyo and then a 3.5 hour drive to the Yokosuka Naval Base.
I have to say, it all went much easier than I’d expected. We arrived at the airport for our flight on Saturday morning and got checked in and through security in almost no time at all. Our flight was on time and rather smooth. Sunday afternoon we landed (phew…), filled out immigration and customs forms, got through the seriously long line at immigration, found our many bags, and then made the quick trip through customs. We were ready to go! We were picked up (Thank you ladies, you saved the shred of sanity we still retained in our sleep deprived state), driven around Tokyo a little bit, and then we were headed to Yokosuka. By 7:00 we were checked in at the Navy Lodge on the base, and by 8:30 we were finally going to sleep. Yay!
Bright and early on Monday morning we were in AOB/ICR (Area Orientation Brief/Intercultural Relations) and trying to get ourselves to actually comprehend anything, there was a limited amount of success. At least for me it was limited. Monday and Tuesday were all base/military related things; rules, domestic violence and sexual assault awareness lectures, recreation and travel, introductions to different departments, etc.. Wednesday and Thursday were Japan related things; history, language, culture, holidays, table manners, and a really cool field trip to a nearby city to see an absolutely beautiful shrine and experience a little bit of the culture and the transportation system, I got some pictures (unfortunately I lost some of them) but I will be posting about it again soon. Then Friday we had a rather long safety brief and basically a driving lecture, and then we had our written exam for getting drivers licenses here in Japan. It was an intense week. It did not help that by Tuesday I was quite sick. I don’t know what exactly I caught but I was hanging on by a thread all week. By the time the weekend rolled around I was done. I barely got out of bed on Saturday, and by late Sunday morning I was feeling much better.
Monday we got out and about again, starting our search for a place to live! Poor Matt is so desperately and immediately needed for work at the hospital that he is being pushed through everything super quickly. Which also means that he is extremely busy and barely has any time for house hunting. So we’re squeezing it in at every available moment. We’ve only been able to see a few places so far, but I think there’s a possibility or two, and we have more showings this weekend. Hopefully (prays PLEASE) we will find something that works for us and we’ll be able to move in ASAP.
It’s crazy because none of this seems real. Everyday I’m doing things that tell me it’s all very real. But it definitely doesn’t feel it yet. I’ve been told that it can take as much as six months to feel settled in here. Two weeks ago I thought that was crazy, but now I totally understand why they say that. Just actually getting physically settled here takes several months. Much less to mentally settle myself in this entirely new and very different environment. I hope it doesn’t take quite that long but I can definitely say that as long as I’m living in a hotel, I will not feel at home.
It’s become quite late, and this post has become quite wordy. Also I think my ‘clickity click clicking’ on the keyboard is interrupting my hubby’s sleep. Bad wifey. So, goodnight all, or rather good morning I suppose.