Hello from halfway across the world!
Your first travel log is brought to you by Brianna Lambert, who is, in fact, extremely tired after a long... long day of travel!
On July 2nd at 6:30 AM, the Boken crew assembled together at the Salt Lake City Airport, and embarked on our first flight to Seattle. We got through it all without too much trouble (other than Dowdle-Sensei forgetting to take his Nintendo Switch out of his bag, and being thoroughly questioned by TSA agents. No, we're not letting him live it down).
Personally, Seattle was exactly what I expected: cold, clouds, and coffee. We were all feeling pretty confident after a breezy two-hour flight, and were raring to go onto the next one. We were advised to try to sleep for the first part of the journey in an attempt to better align ourselves with the Japanese timezone. However, sleeping on a plane is an art that many attempt but few can master. The flight crew gave their every effort to make it a more comfortable experience for us; the service was quite different than what you'd get in the States. Hot towels and disposable slippers are pretty uncommon domestically.
After eleven (ELEVEN) hours of snoozing and binge watching, we touched down at Kansai at last. As we stepped off the plane, we were instantly blasted by a wave of humidity. As most of us are Utahns, the change was dramatic to say the least. Going through Customs was a sinch (other than Dowdle-Sensei, who was, once again, pulled aside for some reason or another. We suspect he has a criminal record). After picking up our SIM cards and Pocket WiFi, we took off on a fancy train to head into the heart of Osaka.
Travelling into the city gave us our first real taste of Japan. It's the rainy season right now, so it's overcast and, well, rainy. And yet, still very hot. Another thing I noted is how small everything is. Everything seems to have shrunk! The cars, the apartments, the doors. Like, anything you can think of, it's way smaller than in America. Maybe we just make things too big in the US.
Anyway we got off the train at Namba and walked a good ways through the drizzle to our AirBNB. We settled in, then quickly took off to go to the supermarket to get dinner and some ingredients for future meals. We got to explore aisles of overpriced fruit, infinite brands of curry, and wonderful premade sushi and bento. We also got to experience paying for stuff with yen! It's not all that confusing. For those who don't know, one yen is about one cent. So 1,000 yen is around ten dollars. I keep thinking in terms of USD and it will take a while to adapt.
Finally we returned home to eat our grocery store dinners, and despite their cheap-sounding quality, it was heavenly. Everyone then got ready for bed and had a chance to call their families, write in their journals, etc. (Except me because I get to write today's blog,, yee-haw).
We're all very jetlagged, but we're very excited for the adventures that await us in the upcoming weeks!