|A little shaky, but we flew over 4,700 miles home.|
Aside from a lot of turbulence on the plane from Japan to Seattle, and going on week 3 of hotel living, here are some situations and observations I've had since returning stateside:
- We have been met with some great customer service in the U.S. I was worried about it after being in Japan for so long. I'm happy to be pleasantly surprised.
- My first impression of taxi drivers in the U.S. was not good (funky teeth, mullet, scabs on arms, attitude, couldn't figure out how to get our luggage into the van, etc).
- I've been overwhelmed (in a good way) by the food and drink choices in the grocery stores. I am unimpressed by the food in the Asian aisle though.
- I realize how big the portions are here. Wow!! From a person who loves to eat, even I haven't been able to finish what's on my plate!
- Gas prices are comparable here (Washington State) to the prices on base in Japan.
- It has been reasonably easy to get back to driving on the "right" side of the road.
- There are seat covers in most public restrooms.
- Everyone stares here! I even do it!
- Americans are SO loud. I factor myself into this equation because I am not quiet.
- I cannot find a decent car here for under $3,000.
- Its been wonderful to reconnect with friends here. I haven't gotten to seeing everybody, but plan to do so when we get back into our house.
- I have enjoyed being able to read the street signs and menus. This is not meant to be a slam on Japan, but this was always tricky when eating out, and trying to get around.
- I love taking the ferry and monorail, but really miss the trains in Japan. They were efficient and awesome!!
- Cell phones (especially Smart phones) here are not cheap. We still haven't decided on a plan, but did set up Magic Jack.
- Jet lag sucked. I'm happy we're all pretty much adjusted to our current time zone after a couple weeks. Hallelujah!! It was rough!
Happy 2014 to everyone whose been there to support our journey both abroad, and back to the U.S. We've had a huge amount of supporters and interest in our adventures. I plan on still blogging about our life as we deal with "reverse culture shock". I feel like we're all doing as well as expected. My motto for the past couple of months is to just take things day-by-day.