The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

I'm baa-ack!

So, after a short trip to Australia, I'm back to the daily grind of lesson planning and teaching unmotivated classes. We were busy every single day meeting up with friends and family, so it wasn't really a holiday for us. Right now, I'm still exhausted from the hours of air travel and lack of sleep. What else did we do? Ate lots of food (keeping well away from Japanese food), didn't do much exercise (I've put on a couple of kgs) and brought back a few things that we'd left behind. I bought a jar of Vegemite to bring to Japan but it was confiscated at the Perth Airport security. We aren't allowed to bring much liquids in our carry-on baggage (a silly security rule enforced since March), and apparently Vegemite is liquid - since when is Vegemite a liquid? So we're gonna have to go without Vegemite until somebody brings some over for us when they visit (hint hint).

Anyway, one of the first things we noticed during our trip to Australia was how dazzlingly blue the sky was. Truly, that was one of the things we took for granted. The sky is never that blue in Japan. We wonder if it has to do with the hole in the ozone layer over Antartica and Australia... When we got back home to Japan, one of the first things we noticed was how nice the weather was and that all the cherry blossom trees are now completely green. Amazing how much changes in only a couple of weeks. I am really liking the spring weather at the moment, and dread the change to summer.

I'm in the process of sorting through the photos I took on this trip and will blog about them later. For now, here are a couple of photos I took yesterday at Haneda Airport while waiting for our flight to the Noto. Both Rob and I agree that Haneda Airport is definitely better looking than Narita Airport, which is strange because Haneda is mainly used for domestic flights and Narita is used for international flights... and yes, that is a plane covered with pictures of Pokemon characters.


  1. Remedy for vegemite craving...
    I cant believe they took u vegemite! Those punks! hehehe
    I have an idea tho - u can buy jars of vegemite on eBay! No joke! Just get someone to ship it over - not sure about the p/h charges tho hehehe ;)

  2. Re: Remedy for vegemite craving...
    Haha, yeah that's an idea but those Vegemite jars weigh quite a bit, and postage from Australia is incredibly high..