Robert & Roberta Adair

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This week hasn’t gone as expected. Even tonight, we had dinner plans that fell through because a friend isn’t feeling well. I made lunch on Thursday for a friend who told me at the last minute that she didn’t feel well and couldn’t come. A few other get-togethers were cancelled – and all of this extra “free time” wasn’t exactly productive or restful (more disappointing and what-am-I-going-to-do-with-all-of-this-soup). [for journaling and gratitude purposes, things I did and enjoyed include: hiking with R&J on Monday, dinner with our partners and friends, leftover lunch with friends, meeting a new friend at the park who also came over for tea yesterday, a gathering with ladies on my A2 team, a fun play time with kids and mums from the English program during R’s classes, and hanging out with a volunteer team over dinner.] But, yeah, this week didn’t go as I originally planned.

Today definitely didn’t go as planned. I misunderstood a text in Japanese (no big surprise there), and I walked 30 minutes to the boat dock, bought a 2-way ticket, and took a ferry to an island I’ve never been to (all because I thought I was meeting a friend there? or at the ferry? or…I don’t exactly know what I thought I understood). And it was raining and cool. And I was wearing a 23-ish lb. squirmy baby boy. (and said boy has a little cough and drippy nose.)

On the bright side, I saw pretty rain-touched sakura on the walk there.image

On the ferry, I needed to use the loo, so I handed a happy J to an even happier grandma. This lady, in addition to probably everyone else on the boat, really thought it was strange that we were going to her island. Although I tried to explain about my friend’s volunteer work and NPO, I don’t think I was communicating well. Once off the ferry, I walked for a bit with a sleeping J and saw pretty homes and the remnants of where pretty homes once stood (dozens washed away). It was so, so quiet…

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I wandered around for about an hour before catching a ferry back. Once again, I wish I knew what it looked like before the disaster – and right after. I didn’t take pictures of the construction equipment, but there were loads of cranes, trucks, etc. I’m curious how the population has changed in the last 4 years. Although it was beautiful, it looked like a hard life and I imagine it’s hard to keep young people there.

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Although it wasn’t the day I was expecting (flower viewing with my friend and her baby), I got to meet some interesting people on the boat and on the island as well as see some new sights. Despite the whole adventure taking about 3 1/2 hours, I came home pretty zonked.

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This little dude enjoyed the boat (and went to bed early tonight).

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After this picture was taken, we went down below as it got pretty bumpy.image

We might be going back there in a week or two, but next time I’ll be pretty aggressive in making sure I understand the plan. Oy, this part of feeling clueless and confused is a rough part about adjusting to a new culture and language. Sometimes misunderstandings are frustrating, sometimes they are funny, and sometimes they are a little bit of both. (and humbling, irritating, defeating, “learning experiences,” adventures, exciting, confusing, tears-inducing…)

Originally posted on Adair Update...

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