That's right, I, Talya Hood Scott, am off to take my misadventures to Tokyo, Japan. It is my 1st time in a city on the mainland that does not consist of me wandering around and falling asleep in an airport. If airports count, than I've already been to Osaka and Tokyo, but since they don't really, I have traveled the cities of Okinawa. Post earthquake Tokyo has gone back to normal now and I plan to see as much as I can in 4 days. What better way to spend the 4th of July than in another country, right? My trip will consist of 3 things. Seeing my dear friend and Mommy to be, Mrs. Mari Townes, who is from the area, going to the Ghibli Museum (http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/welcome/), and attempting...maybe, to hike Fuji-San. The only one that now poses a problem is good ol' Fuji. I didn't realize that to hike the whole mountain it takes a person anwhere from 6-10 hours. Now though I am love hiking, anyone who has hiked with me knows I need my breaks, and like my mom, I got to take about 1,000,000 pictures. Now I find out I need a flashlight? I see this though as a once in a life time experience. Fuji, not Tokyo, I'll be back in Tokyo probably sometime in Sept./Oct. This may be it for Fuji unless Mark and I come back to Tokyo together and in July or August. You can only hike the full mountain in those months and we have found out we leave in April.
Thant's right, our time in Japan is quickly coming to an end. April will be here before we know it. We have no clue where we will be yet, but I assume, yes assume, we will be back state side. I pray somewhere close enough where I can spend time with my dad and my inlaws monthly, but maybe that is wishful thinking. It also puts us in the south east and I am pretty much done with all of that, not really sure why, just have no desire to settle down there which means, we will. I mean after all, what remains of my family is in the south east and very close to it, so that is probably where we will settle down...in about 15 years. Until then, the military will tell us where home is.
Speaking of home, I am home alone. "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" Couldn't help myself. Mark is off and away. Though I am sure I can tell you where he is, as he is now there safely, I will not blog about it for the sake of OPSEC. (Operation[al] Security) Mark will be gone for the rest of the year and we plan to meet up again for a visit with family on his way back to our current home of Okinawa where we will then be preparing for our move. So what have I decided to do with my spare time? Since my facebook is my twitter I am sure you know by now that it is, school, World of Warcraft, traveling, begging people to come see me, derby, and sweating my yellow buns off. I am also back down to around 1300 calories a day in attempt to lose some weight for some exciting photos I will be taking for myself and for Mark, as well as being told by my new doctor here, "Has anyone told you, you could stand to lose a few pounds?" Believe me, I know, so with Mark not around begging for Mexican food and friend chicken, it's time to get serious. The all makes for keeping me busy.
Also in Poonabe news (play on my suburb Sunabe) Hercules is here with me. Mom was taking care of him and after Mom had to go, Paul was. It is real nice having him around and I really appreciate what Mom and Paul did for their fur grandbaby. Mom took some really great pictures of Hercules, I hope to post them so everyone can see. It makes me so happy to know she was doing all she could to live until she died. I pray I always do the same.
Off Topic of Japan, if anyone would like to send Mark a care package or even just drop him a letter, let me know and I can give you his address.
Sayonara from the Scott...since I am the only one here! I am getting ready for my trip!
Ikimasu- I'm going
This works for places that are not your home or home country. Tokyo ni ikimasu = I am going to Tokyo. Tomodachi no uchi ni ikimasu = I am going to a friend's house.