Wednesday, November 14, 2007

trip report

Jet lag sucks! It seems to be taking me longer than usual to get over it. I must be getting old! But how was my trip, you ask. Well, before I left for Canada I posted a list of the things I was looking forward to. So let's see how I did...
1. Browsing at some of my favourite book stores, such as this one or this one. Check. I visited both these bookshops more than once and stopped in a couple others as well. As you can imagine. I'll post about my book purchases another day soon.

2. Visiting friends and their babies. Check. It was good to visit with family and friends including some I hadn't seen for a few years. Also fun to see how big 2 year old A. has gotten and meeting 4 month old E.

3. Walking on the beach. Check. I forgot to consider the tides so the morning I went to walk along a nearby beach the tide was in and it was pretty darn chilly but still worth it!

4. Smelling the ocean and generally enjoying the view. Check. Mmm something about that salty air makes me content and I loved being able to see the ocean regularly. It's so calming. No wonder I miss it terribly here where I'm surrounded by concrete.

5. Driving. We don't have a car here so I only drive in Canada when I rent a car about once a year. Check. Public transportation in Tokyo is really very good but it was nice to have the freedom to drive around whenever and wherever I liked.

6. Enjoying the Autumn colours. It'll likely be another month before the leaves turn here. Check. A lot of the leaves had actually already fallen but some of the trees were still quite full and colourful. It really helped put me in an autumn mood. The leaves have just started to turn here so I'm looking forward to getting out to see those soon.

7. Taking pictures. Check. I was busy visiting and shopping so I didn't take pictures every day but there were a handful of nice sunny days when I made a point to get out and take photos and just generally enjoy the weather and the view. So I have lots of photos of water, I just couldn't resist that blue!

8. Shopping. It's hard to find my size in Japan so I'll have a bit of a shopping spree for clothes and shoes. Check. Got some new shoes and pants and a few other things. I filled up my suitcase and then some so I can't complain.

9. Eating Ukrainian food. Gotta have my annual perogy fix. Check. Mmmm... perogies and sour cream! Had some borscht too which was great!

10. Eating lots of other foods I've been missing, like rhubarb pie, salt & vinegar chips, etc. Check. I had strawberry rhubarb pie, salt & vinegar chips, poutine, Cheerios, a Coffee Crisp, Canadian smoked salmon and root beer. Not all at once of course! :P

11. Relishing the calm and uncrowdedness! Check and double check! All that open space! My happiest moments were probably spent gazing out at the water and enjoying the peacefulness.

12. Enjoying the Halloween atmosphere although unfortunately the jack-o-lantern festival that I went to last year has been cancelled this year. :( Check. I didn't get to see all the pumpkins like last year but it was fun to see some decorations and costumes.

13. Walking down memory lane. Check. It was interesting to see how much has changed in the last year, what shops and such have disappeared, but it was equally fun to see those places that never seem to change and the memories they bring back.

I got to do everything I was hoping to so all in all a pretty successful trip I'd say. It is good to be home again though. Now I have to work at catching up with all of you. The number of unread posts in my Google Reader is really quite frightening. Oh and I'm planning to post a photo version for Thursday Thirteen next week so check back then.


  1. I'm glad you got to do, see, and eat all the things you'd been missing :-)

  2. So glad you had a great trip. Sounds both fun and relaxing.

    Your photos are gorgeous!

  3. I'm glad you got to do everything you wanted to. Sounds like a wonderful time!

    When I moved to England and didn't have internet access at home for a month my google reader reached 400+ unread posts...quite scary, really, so I know how you feel!

  4. Glad you're back and that you had such a nice time!! I'll have to send you my grandmother's excellent recipe for Pierogi so you can have them whenever you like!

  5. Glad you had a great trip and made it back safely. Hooray for Coffee Crisp and strawberry rhubarb pie! I can't wait to see what you got at the book store. :)

  6. Those are being busy times, I guess.

  7. Sorry to hear you're suffering from jet lag. I've only gone overseas once, but I remember it took me 3 days before I felt halfway normal!

    Glad you were able to visit your favorite bookstores. Can't wait to hear what you bought!

    I know exactly what you mean about smelling and seeing the ocean. I always feel like I've "gone home" whenever I'm near the ocean. It's almost a spiritual feeling for me.

    I'm surprised you didn't buy a box of Cheerios to take home in your suitcase. I thought about sending you a box when I shipped your book. :)

    Did you get to Sidney? Can't wait to see your Thursday Thirteen pix.

    Welcome Home! You were missed!

  8. Yay you are back! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I'm looking forward to more pics. But what's this about no Cheerios in Japan?! :)
    and, also can't wait to hear about your book purchases.

  9. It sounds like you had a great time, Tanabata! The photos are so gorgeous.

  10. Janet- Yes I really can't complain! :)

    3M- Thanks! It was certainly less hectic there.

    Nymeth- I may have to just skim or mark some read otherwise I may never catch up! Hope things are going well for you in England.

    Heather- A recipe sounds good although I'm not one for spending ages in the kitchen. :P

    Kookie- I thoroughly enjoyed that strawberry rhubarb pie. Hopefully it'll stave off the rhubarb cravings for a while.

    quintarantino- Busy but in a good way. :)

  11. Les-
    I don't know what's wrong with me. It's been almost a week that I've been back. It is much better though.

    I was actually very good and didn't buy that many books. I'll post about them tomorrow.

    What is it about the ocean that affects us so? I totally know what you mean about it being almost like a spiritual feeling. I immediately relax and feel calm when I'm near the ocean. I'm already missing it!

    I thought about bringing a box of Cheerios back with me but even though it's light it takes up too much room. My suitcase was pretty full as it was with all the other stuff I got. Oh well. I'm going to have to see if I can find some at the import grocery stores. We don't live near them but I may have to make a special trip.
    Thanks again for the book, btw.

    Yes, I got to Sidney. I didn't spend a long time but did manage to take some pictures by the water. Actually the 2nd picture in this post was taken from the walkway by the water at the end of the main street. :)

  12. Iliana- About not having Cheerios here-- I know!! But they don't really eat much breakfast cereal here. It's just a very small section in the store and it's mainly corn flakes and granola. sigh.

    Literary Feline- Thank you! :)

  13. #4 is my favorite! I love being near any large body of water. It just relaxes me and makes me forget about the daily struggles in life. Happy TT!

  14. I thought the picture (from Sidney) looked familiar. Go back to my July 21st blog entry (here) and take a look at the first picture. Same rocks! ;)

  15. Kat- Exactly! There's nothing quite like looking out at the ocean to forget your problems.

    Cathrine- :)

    Les- I just had a look. Yup, the same rocks! :)


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