I've bought my plane ticket and booked myself a bed at Sakura Hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo. I'm all set :) I'll be heading back to Japan on Wednesday the 20th, arriving in Tokyo Thursday evening and then spending the night in Tokyo before heading back to Iwaki on Friday! I'm so ready to go home :)
I had originally planned on staying here for only 2 weeks. I was supposed to head back on the 4th, but the water hadn't been restored to my town and wasn't going to be worked on untl April 6th-10th. So based on that I changed my flight to the 14th. Then Iwaki got hit by a 7.1 that caused some land slides, and knocked out power and water to most of the city again. Today 73% of the city has water restored and I think my town is included in that. They are aiming to have the 100% restoration by the 20th. So when I get back, I should have water :)
When I get back to Iwaki my friend syuria
, who also lives in Iwaki, will be coming to stay with me for a while. Her town had been hit by the tsunami and closer to the Japanese evacuation zone, so she is reluctanct to go back. So I get the pleasure of her company for a while :) I'm really happy about that because she's a really good friend and we get along great, aslo I'm not thrilled with the idea of living alone just yet. Everything seems easier when you have someone else there with you.
First thing I'm going to do when I get home is fill the bath tub with water, just in case something happens and we lose water again. Then I'm going to do laundry and start cleaning up my apartment. Iwaki has been hit with at least 2 large earthquakes (M6 and M7) since the big 9.0 last month, so I can only imagine how messy my place must be. I bet all everything is once again in my kitchen sink and on the floor. Not to mention all the dust!! I have this mentle image of my aparment floors (wood) being white with dust instead of brown. I've been gone from my apartment since the 14th of March. I haven't been to work since the 18th of Febuary. 2 months! Thank god I get salary and have sick leave and special leave and paid leave. Jeez! (as an aside, my back is a bit better, I got pain meds last Monday that are wonderful!)
Anyway, I've got a few days left in Ottawa, and I'm seeing people pretty much every day. Yesterday was the exception. I enjoyed a lazy day and didn't leave the house until 10pm! lol Took a sleeping pill to help me get to sleep at 3:00am this morning and then got up at 10 to go out for breakfast. I still have trouble going to sleep at night. Not because of nightmares, although I do have the ocassional bad dream about earthquakes, I'm just not able to sleep. Last night I had phantom quakes in the middle of the night. That was different. I haven't had that since I was in Tokyo before coming back to Ottawa. It didn't scare me, I knew what it was, but I thought it was weird that after 3 weeks of not having them, it would happen last night.
is coming over today which makes me happy since I haven't seen her since I first got here. I'm looking forward to seeing her soon.
And I guess that is about it for now. Aside from seeing my friends and not getting enough sleep, despite sleeping alot...things are pretty normal. But really, it's time to go home :)