That time I went to Japan a month before my wedding...
I spent the past week and a half in Japan! And yes, I am still getting married in 3 weeks! Who does that, right?!
Well, I do, apparently!
The truth is, Heather and I have had this trip planned for about 9 months now... which means it was booked long before I knew when, or even if, we were getting married.
We went to visit my cousin Brittany who has lived in Okinawa for about a year now. It. Was. Awesome!
I really and truly loved everything about Japan (especially the food, OMG!), other than the fact that I couldn't read a single thing. But we stayed on the Kadena AF Base, so luckily that was all American-ized. Brittany and her husband Tyler were AMAZING hosts! They made sure they packed our time there with everything we could possibly want to do. Honestly, before we went to Japan I really didn't think there was a ton to do in Okinawa besides lay on the beach (which I was totally cool with!) so I was expecting that we'd have several days of just laying out while Brittany did her homework. But I was wrong! We actually only got 2 days on the beach, and really neither time was a full day.
Speaking of homework, my sweet little cousin is awesome... she's 21 years old, been married longer than me (well, I'm not even married yet but she's been married for 2 years!), is going to school full time while also working, making straight A's, living in Japan and oh did I mention her husband has been deployed for the past 7 months?! He literally got home 2 days before we got there. Seriously, Brittany, you are amazing and I am so proud of you! I don't even like to stay home by myself for a week or two when Josh travels for work...I can't even imagine doing it for 7 months while being on the other side of the world from everything and everyone I know and love.
Also...switching gears here... jet lag.... the struggle was real. I have never been affected by jet lag as bad as I was in Japan. And I've traveled to a lot of places. But I guess that makes sense because I think the biggest time difference I've ever experienced was maybe 8 hours, and Japan was THIRTEEN whole hours different! So it was literally night time there when it's morning here. I think it took me about 5 or 6 days before I felt completely normal there and wouldn't doze off at dinner (seriously happened). I felt normal just in time to come home! And now I'm exhausted here! If I ever go that far away again I'm staying at least 3 weeks just so I can have at least a week of feeling normal ;)
Seriously, this is all I've been doing the past couple days since I got home..
I had all these plans for laundry and getting the house organized etc before I go back to work on Monday (is that tomorrow?), but yeah.
Anyway, I will be back to tell of all of our Japanese tales soon.... :)