Pros: Umm...this Midwesterner is no longer land locked! It is less than a ten minute drive to the ocean. The ocean!! I have never experienced being this close to the water before. I am such a beach person, and although we've been busy doing other things, I have really enjoyed being able to take an impromptu beach trip.
Cons: The tides and crazy weather! So, I had no idea the tides and such could be chimed, so Joel and I had a beach fail last weekend. We went, literally, at the lowest tide of the day. It was barely to our ankles! We decided to wait and try again another day, obviously. The next day, it was gorgeous! We ran errands to escape low tide again, and then went home to pack up and it started storming. For hours. It's hard to plan for beach days sometimes. Or anything, really. When the rain really falls, no umbrella or rain jacket will keep you dry.
|See the people wading in their ankles?|
Cons: They Japanese aren't always the best when choosing things to eat. They sure have some disgusting things on the menu. I am so happy when they have pictures on the menu to help us figure things out, because I sure can't read Japanese. It's been a very hard hurdle, and I'm still pretty uncomfortable with not knowing the language, although I have learned a few key phrases.
I'll definitely have more observations as time goes on. Right now, it feels like I am just on a really long vacation. We have a house, but not our stuff (still have another month on that) and I haven't started work yet (tomorrow is the big day). The weather is always hot and humid, which is a pro and a con (my poor curly hair!), and Joel's working weird shifts at the moment. It's not our "new normal" yet, but I'm enjoying it for the most part. I think month two is going to be very different.