Samantha in Japan

Day 01

Posted on: January 25, 2009

Hey guys, since I was peer pressured lovingly encouraged to keep photos and a journal of all my adventures in Japan, I figured I’d set up a blog that you can all take a look at.

Right now I’m sitting in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, working on a laptop with a battery a less than half power, and paying for Wi-Fi service. I suppose the $7 investnment was good for giving me an hour and a half worth of amusement via internet access.

Getting to my terminal alone was a nightmare. When I checked in back in Albany, for some reason, United Airlines couldn’t check me in to my next airline, so I had to go through the process all over again once I landed in Chicago. So I got off when I landed, walked for ~5 minutes in the wrong direction, stopped to ask some lady for directions (“Asiana Airlines? Are you SURE that’s the name?!”), and spent a good… 20-30 minutes just trekking around O’Hare, following signs to the elusive “Terminal 5” and getting NOWHERE. I’m not even joking, one sign said, “Terminal Five –>” so I head down the hallway– at the end of which is a sign that says “Terminal Five <–” pointing the exact way from which I came. So I tracked down a security officer, and he told me I had to get on some train to get there, since apparently the building is detached from the rest of O’Hare.

Long story short, after two hours of waiting for an agent to even show up and get my boarding pass from and going through security a second time, I’m now sitting in the Asiana Airlines lounge (I love how they make these seating areas sound like they have potential to be jam-packed with activity), parched because all the concession places are either closed or off-limits (I had water… from a water fountain), and actually looking FORWARD to getting on my plane for the next fourteen hours just so I can have access to some food and beverages!

Oy, I can’t wait to just land in Japan and get to Kansai Gaidai. Well, let me correct that, get to my host family’s house, whenever that will be. So not looking forward to sharing a tiny room with three people.  I think it was Artie who summed up my feelings correctly, after showing him the video of what the rooms look like with three people crammed into it– “Prisoners get bigger cells than that!”

Alright, my battery is giving me the “20 minutes left” warning, so I’m off to go check my email before my laptop self-destructs.

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1 Response to "Day 01"

We are happy you will be keeping this journal. We are hopeful that Japan has more to offer than the “twilight zone” at the airport.

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