“maybe it’s human nature to think one’s own situation is the unique and incomparable one, the transcendent exception.” ~ sue monk kidd the mermaid chair
chan and i left chiang mai yesterday and the goodbyes at the airport were a validation that our decision to move here was a good one. it was emotional and so very painful, but also proof of how he threw himself into life here.
knowing we’re not the first to make this journey doesn’t make it any easier. but it is helpful to know others have survived it, their kids have flourished, and it’s all been worth it. i can’t wait to see what the next few years bring for chan and i hope he takes on university life the same way he’s done it here. but before we tackle the next few years we’ve got a week in tokyo to take on. (it was on the flight from bangkok to tokyo that i came across that quote from sue monk kidd.)
we seem to like to take the not the easiest way possible route when it comes to travel when we go to and from the states and why would we choose to do it differently for a family vacation. michael, a16, and s13 left friday night for bangkok and had an all night layover before heading to tokyo – via kuala lumpur. maybe not the most direct route, but to hear them tell it it was up there with one of the most miserable. chan and i left chiang mai saturday morning (16 hours after the other guys) we flew to bangkok had a two hour layover and then headed to tokyo. directly to tokyo.
we arrived 1/2 an hour before them and our first stop was the fancy japan potties.
after our pit stop we went got our passports stamped and then on to collect our luggage. since we were ahead of the rest of the family we went ahead and gathered their luggage, too. they made it in, we all went through customs and then it was time to figure out how to go about finding the apartment we’d rented for the week. luckily we had an address in japanese and our taxi driver could read japanese (amazing, i know.) our two bedroom apartment was bigger than we expected. it has a washing machine. and best of all it’s vey own fancy toilet.
it was well past midnight at this point and we had 3 hungry kids on our hands. so michael and i braved it and found a convenience store where we picked up some assorted snacks. including the goldilocks and the three bear version of cup noodle.
we were all asleep by 3am. that’s way past my bedtime and we ended up sleeping a tad late on Sunday morning. which was alright, because i’d purposely left sunday as a pretty easy tourist day.