New Arrival


So this massive adventure started on January 4, when I left my friends and family at Melbourne Airport. I flew to Sydney where I had to wait till the very last minute to see if I was going to get on the plane to Tokyo….I was flying staff travel and the plane was well and truly over sold. There were 3 of us waiting (I probably had the least priority) and I have never been so worried before in my life! With minutes until the plane was due to take off, the lady at the QANTAS check in counter said ‘OK’! We were all over the moon! We checked in our bags, and she handed me the boarding pass, I know that once you have that in your hand you a guaranteed a seat!….I got a seat in BUSINESS CLASS! OMG sweet 🙂 after all the stress this was awesome! We practically ran to customs, flew through the line, again, nearly ran to the gate (no time for duty free 😦 ) and joined the last few people in line waiting to get on board. Made some last quick phone calls home to let them know I got on the plane and I would talk to them soon.

On the plane it was fantastic! I had a window seat and was sitting next to this guy who was the flight attendants brother (one of the other passengers waiting with me). The gave me a blanket and pyjamas ( I flew overnight) and a little toiletries bag. It was so fun 🙂 In flight entertainment? A choice of movies, I watched ‘Life as we know it’. And then I went to bed, in a lying down position 🙂 thank goodness for sleeper beds! After a good sleep I woke up to a yummy hot breakfast and was soon in Tokyo!

I had been given very precise instructions on what to do from when I arrived at the airport so after customs I caught a train to Tokyo, then a Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya then a Subway to the suburb of the head office of Peppy Kids Club (all while carrying a heavy backpack, lap top bag and lugging my 28kg suitcase!). Each leg of this trip had so many nervous/exciting things about it that I could write about each one and make this post more of a novel than it already is, so I won’t. 😛

The Shinkansen I travelled on to Nagoya

But I will say one thing, I got to see THE most amazing thing on my Shinkansen ride….

Mt Fuji!!!!

(view from the train)



5 responses »

  1. Lauren it’s good to hear from you. It sounds like you are having an exciting time! I love the picture of Mt Fuji. ! When I was a little girl I used to love to look at my Dad’s pictures of Mt Fuji. He was in the army and was in Japan. He loved it and the Japanese people. It made me a little sad missing him but I’m so glad you are enjoying the beauty!
    Have fun and keep us updated!

    • Hi Diann, Japan really is a fantastic country, your dad was right xo I’m sorry it made u a little sad to see Mt. Fuji. Maybe you should come and see it one day, it really is special, and for you even more so xoxo

  2. Hi Lauren,
    Just started following your blog (as I just started the dukan) and wanted to say great job. And you know what – I think you could do it in Japan! It might take you a while to figure out how, but I think it’s possible. I lived in S. Korea for 6 years, and the funny thing is – I just said to my husband – It would be so EASY to do the Dukan in Korea. Mind you, they live on Barbeque, and Japan doesn’t. But have you had Shabu Shabu yet?

    Either way, I hope you have a blast in Japan. I loved teaching English! Looking forward to updates!

    • Hi Heather,
      It’s a thought 😛 Red meat is soooo expensive here, chicken and pork, not as much 🙂 Although all the meat is quite fatty. They even have chicken skin yakitori (skewers)! 😦
      I had Korean BBQ when I was staying in Takasaki, it was fun….but we overcooked some of the food 😛

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