If you had asked me what it is like to sit over 300 feet in the air and stare at a gorgeous city over a year ago, I would have told you that you were crazy. Well, if I had made a bet then I would have been eating my words. I have never been out of the country before, but for some reason I decided to take an over 12-hour plan ride to come and study abroad in Japan.
The arrival process was nothing short of a challenge. The full arrival process took over 20 hours in my case and required me to take three different planes, a bus, and a train. By the time I finally got to my shared apartment I wanted nothing more than to sleep but endured it to go meet some fellow students and eat some gyoza. If you do not know what gyoza is, it is a Japanese dumpling filled with meat and vegetables. Getting to chat with fellow students on the first day was a wonderful experience, but it only got more fun.
My roommates gathered for our first time at Karaoke.
The following day my roommates and I all took a train to a popular train station. It is worth pointing out that among my 6 other roommates, two of them are Japanese students at the university CET students attend. Having these language partners has been a huge asset. Being in a brand-new place with a language that is completely different than English is a scary thing but with these partners I can rest easy Now back to the train station.
My roommates and I all sharing a Japanese red bean sweet.
At the train station there is a popular Ferris wheel. We all decided to ride it and that is how I ended up sitting over 300 feet in the air. Arriving in Japan was a difficult process but immediately after I have been able to create new memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Two of my roommates and I on a Ferris wheel overlooking the city of Osaka. We are all doing the hand sign for a heart, although I did it backwards 🙁