I am back.
We did make it to Alaska.
It was indeed awesome.
I am definitely in a coma!
Teaser shot, for Ying’s Inori cosplay. The legit shots will be posted on lymatphotos once I get around to them!
Guilty Crown: Inori - fakewingsx
For anyone still waiting for aNEXT shots - Sorry for the delay! They should be there in a couple weeks. I’ve been super caught up packing (and repacking) and preparing for my move to Japan, but I swear I haven’t forgotten!
With regard to my post-a-day: clearly I’ve failed. XD For the same reason as packing has become difficult haha, but I will be writing some posts while on the airplane, so I’ll put in some on backlog! There should be a post about my luggage problems and >23kg lifestyle.
Guys my luggage is like. 18 lbs overweightttt
(justlikemeeee twinniess *shot*) . I’m already down to literally only work clothes and the omiyage I’m bringing. What else can I even cut?!?!
On another note: I LEAVE ON SATURDAY! That’s two full days from now! This is crazy!! ヾ(。◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)ノ
Some more pictures from Alaska! It was truly beautiful, and it’s a bit hard to tell in this last picture but there were points where the water was blue in a way I hadn’t realized were still in existence. I’m a bit behind on posts, so I’ll be rushing to catch up! Sorry - I’ve been in the city and enjoying myself too much; not too much time to edit between friend meetups and such!
The last picture, in my opinion, is especially notable. This is a picture from Tracy Arm Fjord’s Sawyer Glacier - it’s currently retreating, and this is as close as the cruise ship itself went. One day, I hope to return on a smaller vessel, and get the chance to get closer!
On a separate note: rantrant time. Apologies in advance. Read at own risk~! TL;DR - People asking about what you choose to do with your life is a thing I don’t like, and then people questioning the decisions I have made myself and making it sound like an impulse is frustrating too. Fun things.
Cruise food is truly amazing.
I have about 60 pictures of the food we ate alone. I wish I had also stolen the menus, because in hindsight it would have been incredibly helpful to be able to actually remember what everything was. But at least I can tell you it was delicious.
20/7 delicious food really does a number on my stomach, but how could I stop when it was a free for all?!
But here’s my post dedicated to the food! There’s some desserts, some lunches, and some salmon because evidently salmon in Alaska is well known!
Sidebar: Am I the only one really excited for JAL food? I’m so glad JET NY has us flying JAL - their airplane food is scrumptious~!
Hi everyone! So I’ve recovered from the food coma!
I have ten days left before I leave for Japan. I think I’ll cover my Alaska in 7 days, and then the last three for the last preparations!
This is from our trip out, which, as could be gathered from my last Alaska post, was a shit show. After our flight from New York was canceled, we made the three hour drive to Boston to catch the only other possible flight that could get us to Seattle on time, arrived in Boston at around 2AM and spent the next five hours waiting for the airport to actually open.
A lot of things actually went right after that - our group had originally had to be halved in order to get us all there on the existing flights, but the second half was able to join us. By some miracle, their luggage was even transferred onto our flight, giving us a much larger leeway to find the pier than we’d expected.
It was smooth sailing (hurhur) from there, which I’ll talk about more later! We were taking a cruise from Seattle to several ports in Alaska, finally stopping briefly in Canada before returning home. Each port was great, the company was wonderful, and we in general had a lovely time.
The first picture is from the long, long trip out. I can’t even say how many pictures I have of people sleeping. I bought along my sketchbook in the hopes that I’d have some inspiration and lo and behold haha. The doodles are of real things, and I’ll share the real photographs sometime. The last four pictures are all taken in Alaska. It was really beautiful!
These are all taken via my cell phone, so excuse the quality! Can’t wait to finish going through the several k of pictures and share a few of the real ones~! But from these, at least, it’s pretty obvious Alaska is beautiful, and we are derps :D
In other news: TEN DAYS. TEN DAYSSSS. So much to do.
This is of one of the things I’m afraid to live without! Haha I’m told Japan also has bubble tea, but I have to wonder if they do it differently (better) too, the way they do so many American things. IT should be similar I’d imagine, since bubble tea is Taiwanese anyways, so it’s already quite Asian styled.
In any case, I’m actually spending this week out in the city, meeting up with friends and in general enjoying my space away from the parents, so posts may possibly be a little sporadic but please bear with me.
I hope to post my Alaska things, one for every day I was away, and then catch up for Japan! There’s some stuff I can also write about, between packing and omiyage and such! I’ll share some pictures of the thing I’m bringing, and some details about the sorts of things I’ll be bringing for life in Japan too. Please look forward to it >w<
First, this was the sky yesterday. I should have known it wouldn’t mean anything good.
Now on to the fun part. TL;DR: BYE GUYS GOING TO ALASKA MAYBE
So tonight (and by tonight I mean, 3AM tomorrow morning) my family and I are/were scheduled to head out to Seattle to catch our cruise to Alaska! Thank you to the god-awful weather, evidently we’ve been cancelled.
My mother naturally freaks out. Amidst the gasp-y sounds she’s constantly emitting, my father gets rather pissed. When some people are angry, they get over-articulate. When my father gets angry, all verbal communication goes down the drain (sort of like me. more fun things I’ve inherited). Lucky for us, we were traveling with a family friend, who’s father is apparently more the more-pissed-more-articulate types.
We managed to heckle out a layover flight in Dallas, provided we make a flight in Boston at the asscrack of dawn. I was planning to write a more pleasant post but as I’m fairly certain we’re leaving quite soon, I’m not sure when I’ll really get to post next. My mother’s packing rates have gone up about 500% and it’s gone from really funny to actually alarming.
I’ll try to get internet while I’m off, to at least try to keep up with my post a day! Well that’s it for now, folks.
This is a picture of my host family’s cat. This is Shiro-chan, Shiro (白)in Japanese, meaning White.
At the pre-departure for New York we received a lot of information from the Tokyo Board of Education that I think others may not have been privy to. The New York consulate is really doing a wonderful job, but I think a lot of this might be because of the sister-city relationship as well. In any case, I’m glad!
We found out that we are officially homestaying for the first two weeks! We have our own orientation, evidently, to get us used to Tokyo life and to also give us time to find apartments. I hear a few other cities, like Kyoto, are also going to need to find apartments so perhaps this will be something that happens there as well?
Tokyo BOE has an agent to help us find apartments! They’ll be helping out by paying the guarantor, deposit, and agent fees, huzzah! Now if only I could decide if I wanted a studio or a 1LDK. I finally get to use the apartment hunting vocabulary we learned in high school! It felt seriously reassuring to know that I knew that LDK stood for a living room, dining room, and kitchen! Even though I know nothing about apartment hunting on Japanside, at least I know that much!
But until then, we’ll be homestaying. I wonder what kind of hosts we’ll be set up with! Unlike high school, we’re not being matched to host-sisters, I imagine, so I wonder if perhaps we’ll be hosted by teachers from the schools we work at, or something of that sort? Perhaps it will be open for anyone who would like to, or perhaps it will be just to those working with the Tokyo BOE? So much speculation, but nothing is certain! I can’t wait to find out!
But for now, here’s a picture of my host family’s cat! I hope I get to visit them or meet up with them again once I’m there!
(Also wow I found so many pictures from my early photography journal years – beyondusk.livejournal is mostly dead but I still enjoyed rereading my posts haha! Some of those pictures are a little paintful to look at though, especially old photoshoots)