Apr 4, 2008

The Beginning

Hi all!

Well, I am writing this post from the library`s computer. You might ask yourselves why not from the laptop? Well... I did’nt think of taking an adaptor to Japan, and now I have no way of connecting the laptop to the electricity line... Finding an adaptor here is much harder than expected.

Okay... that was long.
Now, back to the beginning. After a VERY long flight, I finally arrived to Okinawa without any real problems (thank god). In the airport I met my amazing tutor - Junko. She took me to the dorms, where I put my stuff. I can't believe I am living in dormitories again... It feels really out of place - I am in a different place now (and what can I say - Japanese male dorms are as dirty and messy as any other).
So... here I was, standing in front of a really small room, with a dest, a few shelves and a bed. Without a mattress. Yup, I had to buy one. And it smells like food. I think it is made out of rice or something...

After putting my things in the room we went shopping and arranging things (this is when I bought my mattress). The last couple of days were mostly about arranging stuff. Lots of papers and beurocrcy (or however it is written), but I must say that everybody's so nice and thing are going quite smoothly. Mostly because of Junko, which helps me a lot - she is taking me from place to place with her car, and talking to all the clercks - she is really great. Yesterday evening I went to dinner with her and her older sister, and most of the time we talked Japanese. Yup, I am starting to loosen up and managing to understand a bit, and talk a bit. This is great.

What else? The weather here is not exactly as I expected - when I arrived it was quite hot and humid, but since that evening it started raining and got colder...
I think it is getting warmer again now, though.

Last thing - the dress code is much more casual than I thought, and I have no casual clothes at all!!! I could'nt take any because of the lousy weight restriction (that by the way, nobody cared about...)

That is all, I really miss everyone.
Love you,
Yiftach.

6 comments:

יעל מילס said...

מאושרת לשמוע שהולך טוב בנתיים
אני בטוחה שישתפר יותר ויותר וכמובן כשאיריס תגיע אז בכלל...
בנתיים תמשיך להנות
היה לי יום קשה
אבל כל החברים היו פה והיו מדהימים
אז אתה יכול לחייך לעצמך ולהזכר בחבורה המקסימה שלנו
מתגעגעת
יעל

israel said...

יפתותח!!!!
כל הכבוד!!
אני מקווה שיהיה לך מוצלח בהמשך כמו בהתחלה. אני מזדהה עם עניין הלבוש, גם אני לקחתי איתי בגדים "רשמיים" יחסית לטאיוואן ואז גיליתי שכמעט כולם הולכים שם בכפכפים...
מחזיק לך אצבעות להמשך

Eyal said...

יפתח!!

(and I hope there isn't a problem for you reading hebrew on the library computer)

1.תיקח הכל בקלות - חוויות...
2. אתה רוצה שננסה להשיג מתאם בארץ ונשלח לך?

Yiftach said...

Thank you all for answering - it is fun getting those responses.
I have no problems reading hebrew - just writing it...
If you can get an adaptor, talk to Iris, she is sending me a package soon...
Actually, I am not having any particular difficulties, the aloneness is what bothering me most...

Eli said...

הי יפתח !, גם אני שמח לשמוע שהכל טוב וזורם חלק , זה בוודי נחמד כשיש אנשים המכירים את המקום ועוזרים לך בהכוונות והכל. כיצד הכרתה אותה והאם גם כשאיריס תבוא אתם תהיו במעונות? . שיהיה לך רק טוב, אלי

Yiftach said...

The univeersity assigned her to help me - but she is doing so much more than what she has to.. it is great.
I am starting to look for an apartment where Iris and I could live, the dormitories are not an option...