||[Jun. 1st, 2007|01:15 pm]
|||||White Stripes - Jolene||]|
The vending machines here sell cans of ice-cold coffee. They're quite brutal but surprisingly delicious. The latte-type ones are just like a coffee flavoured milkshake. I haven't dared try the black ones. A can of cold black coffee... damn. That'll put hairs on your chest.
I had to go into the centre of Shiniizuka today to fill out some forms for my Alien Registration Card. That was fun. Getting the train there was a bit nervous because even though it's only one stop and I knew which direction to go I couldn't work the machine to get a ticket. Nothing was written in English at all. Even the words written in the roman alphabet would have helped. But I finally got the train. Ticket was only 160 yen which is like, 60p. I found the office ok and was quite amused to find that only two people in the whole City Hall building spoke English. Everyone in this country is so unbelievably friendly and they try to do anything they can to make you more comfortable in conversations. This guy was asking me lots of questions about Glasgow while he told me what to write on my form. It was quite cool.
Right next to my apartment is the most awesome supermarket ever. I spent about 3000 yen on awesome looking food and drink. They have a surprising amount of non-asian food as well. Spaghetti, pasta sauces, cookies, cakes, french bakery products and british tea. It's brilliant. As you know I do love my tea and even though Japanese Green tea is fantastic it's not the kind of thing I'd drink several cups of each day. Besides, this Earl Grey is delicious. I bought myself some sushi for dinner tonight. It looks awesome. About 8 or 9 pieces. One of which is definitely salmon eggs which I didn't try the other night. I think tomorrow I might go through to Fukuoka, the nearest really big city and spend the day there. I'll try and find my temporary accomodation which I'll be staying in from Sunday till Thursday next week for my training.
I'm really happy here. I obviously haven't started work yet and haven't really been anywhere. But the apartment and the area I live in has made a really good impression on me. And you gotta love that ice-cold coffee