Thursday, 18 March 2010

One day more....

So. I go to sleep. I wake up, my parents come here, we go for a final meal. The last supper - my boyfriend, my best friend, my parents and I. I saw a friend today who told me never to say goodbye - just to do as the French do, and say "au revoir" - until we meet again. While I hope that is the case, nothing is certain in this life, and so this week I feel as if I am saying goodbye to people forever. It will be a year - but being apart from some people is going to feel like forever.

I can't believe I only have one more day. At 8.55am on Friday morning, I will fly out of Manchester. I will arrive Narita Airport, Japan, at 10am (local time) the next day.
I am a bundle of nerves. Sad, excited, terrified.... into the unknown I go.


  1. Good luck and have a pleasant flight x may the duck be with you….

  2. Blessings to you Gwyn!
    You'll come back and be able to write in ways incomprehensible to most people here. Say things unheard. Appreciating raw fish, rice, eat with knitting equipment and all that.

    Bruce Lee for sure didn't say "Be like the sponge" - but I do! :)

  3. Bruce Lee said be like water, which is also applicable.

    "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

    Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend."

    You can see a statue of Bruce Lee in Nagoya's Chinatown, believe it or not.

    Once you've landed and had your first day of orientation I'm sure those nerves will start to settle.