Next Stop: Japan

Excited… exhausted… and both kinds of sniffly…

That’s what I (Ken) am feeling as we arrive in Tokyo. In my head, I’m thrilled to finally be starting the trip after months (well, years) of preparation. But my body has other ideas. The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of preparations, and the long days and late nights have caught up with me. Right when I expected to be bouncing down the jetway with anticipation, I instead have a cold that’s dragging me down. I’ll have to beat this in Tokyo so I can go on the world’s steepest roller coaster next week (more on that later).

While I have the bad kind of sniffles (from my cold), we also had the good kind as we said goodbye to my parents on Sunday. I didn’t think I would get emotional about the farewell, but once Mom started getting sniffly, we all pretty much jumped on board. Like the rest of our friends and family, they wished us an enjoyable trip and a safe return. We’re grateful for all the positive vibes sent our way.

And we’re here, in Tokyo, arguably the biggest city in the world. Time to get some sleep, in our, um, compact hotel room. It comes with nightshirts, though…!


5 thoughts on “Next Stop: Japan

  1. Kristine Yesbeck

    Glad you arrived safely! I’m sure that there is some sort of Japanese version of Chicken Soup you could try for your cold! Feel better!

  2. Lance Miller

    I probably don’t need to tell you this, but just in case…

    You’ve got a lot of time ahead of you, so don’t be afraid to take a few days to unwind and get well. You’ll enjoy your time there all the more. I’m sure your Mother would also tell you this if she were there but according to the photos, she still back in the States.

    1. Ken

      You’re absolutely right, Lance, about me needing some time to get well… and about you sounding like my mom! Kristine, there are vending machines everywhere, some offering hot dishes. You pull a string and the food heats up… can that be safe? We’re thinking of trying one for lunch.

  3. Karen

    Karen here, snitching on Ken. Great advice Lance! I am taking it, as my throat is getting very sore, so I am back at the hotel after a couple hours out. Mr. Ken? Still out, wanting to see just a little bit more. Sigh.


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