Friday, August 19, 2011

Only me

My mom and grandmother have always said to me "only you". Seriously, sometimes the craziest stuff happens to me. Today {1st of all, I had a post scheduled for today and I have no clue where it is} I attempted to make my way to Ofunato to start my week of volunteer work.

Here I am, all packed and ready to go {I officially suck at "pack light"}

Unfortunately, I didn't make it that far. I was supposed to get into Ichinoseki by Shinkansen {bullet train} and have over an hour to change to a local bus that would take me to Ofunato. The transportation system here is notorious for being on time. Not today. APPARENTLY, I have been unable to confirm this, someone committed suicide by jumping in front of my train. I truly hope that is not the case but unfortunately it does happen quite frequently here. After stopping twice, for about 2 hours total, I knew I wasn't going to make the last bus to Ofunato. Upon arrival in Ichinoseki, thanks to some awesome translation skills by a total stranger, I was refunded 1/2 of my train ticket price and set out in search of a hotel. It's times like these I REALLY wish I had taken the time to learn more Japanese {I start private lessons in 2 weeks but I should have stared a year ago!}. After 2 "no"s and a taxi ride {my 1st in Japan} I found a hotel with a vacant room and I'm about to crash for the night. Tomorrow I will, God willing, take a bus to Ofunato and then the real fun begins!

~ Posted from my iPhone


Michelle A'etonu said...

wow! i hope you find your bus tomorrow. safe travels!

SEJ said...

Good luck! That sounds like a crazy trip so far.

Dannielle said...

I totally pictured you running out kind of like "The Amazing Race" in my head as I was reading this. :)

Nancy said...

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your journey! Travel safe. :)