Pre-Departure Orientation; Day 3

So with all the official Pre-Departure Orientation done, we had one more event in store for us. Having signed up to go to the AJET UK Q&A session, we made our way to Baker street, running into our good friend Sherlock homes. I had actually never been to baker street before, and perhaps if I didn’t have to drag my suitcase around with me for the third day in the row, I would have spent a little more time lingering and looking around.

The Q&A was held in a lovely venue, and the various talks were more than interesting and really gave me a good insight not only into JET life but into what happens after. Everyone was wonderful and the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement.

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Tea and Biscuits in London

By the afternoon it was down to just me and Hannah, and thanks to my horrid lack of distance perception, we ended up walking much further than I had preciously calculated to get to the motherland of Japanese food; Wasabi.

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Enough food there Naomi??

For those of you who have been to Wasabi before, I’m sure you will agree, that as far as Japanese food goes in Britain, it’s pretty damn good. The race for a table began as soon as we entered, standing like hawks with our suitcases, waiting to pounce on anyone that left their table unattended. Twice we were outsmarted, but in the end we succeeded. God, the food was worth it though!!

We spent out day getting roped into spending too much money by a man who oozed charisma, like truly, it seemed from his pores, and melting in the sun! I also bought a great book called Strange weather in Tokyo, which I really enjoyed. Maybe I should do a review on it? What do you guys think?

We arrived back In Swansea around midnight and thankfully my bro came and picked us up, bringing us back to my place to crash.

Such a busy three days, but honestly, it was amazing!

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This girl though

Pre-Departure Orientation; Day 2

Day two started of with the disappointment that was breakfast. Having been denied the treat of veggie sausages that I craved due to it not being included in the package, I settled on some cereal and rather unsavory pastries. We sat grumbling like old grannies about the masses of young kids around us, all here on a summer language program (or so we assumed) and making such a mess with their cereal one had to wonder if they were not animals after all.

Suited up once more, I walked the long way to the Japanese class, petrified I had over estimated my skills with ticking the “Advanced” option when asked. With a pleasant shock however, I fount that this was not to be the case! It was a long day, with much sitting around and introducing myself around four times, but the teacher was fun and I got to meet some more people. So from around 9 am util 4:30 pm, we sat and studied, oiling up all our rusty Japanese.

The day didn’t end here though, and a late taxi and sub ride later, me and Hannah found ourselves changing out of our suits and into pretty dresses in an underground bathroom. The dank and dreary walls surrounding us far contrasted out newly adorned attire. So armed with our new glamour we made our way to the embassy, finding ourselves being greeted by, who we liked to call, charming Tom.

To my utter surprise, the first person I saw upon entering the reception room was my Japanese teacher! It was so lovely to see her! The speeches were amazing, the sushi was amazing and the people even more so. I am so grateful to have had that wonderful experience at the embassy and I’m sure I will remember it for the longest time. Especially since I got humorously complimented by the most wonderful and sassy Japanese lady, (who I’m sure all my fellow London Orientation attendees will know who I’m talking about and agree).

It soon moved down the pub, the officials and JETs alike having a drink or two. Me, Hannah and Rebecca ended our night on a high, going all the way to China down for some delicious dumplings before heading back to our hotel, crashing out as soon as our heads hit the pillow.

Successful day I think.

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Down town in China Town

 

Pre-Departure Orientation; Day #1

So since my house is haunted and I can’t sleep, why don’t I write this horrendously late status about the London Pre-Departure Orientation day 1!

So, since JET didn’t book accommodation for the evening before (a fact that deeply confuses me, even to this day), me and a handful of others from the lovely land of Wales, took the mega-bus to London. A grueling four hour journey made better by the company and copious amounts of welsh-cakes my mamgu( welsh word for grandmother) made for us.

Rhian, Rebecca, Me and Hannah

Finally arriving in London we spent hours on the tube, arriving at our travel lodge just before out souls were sucked from our body completely. The evening was then spent meeting new amazing JETs (many of these my fellow Nagasaki goers) and drinking beer. It also included stealing tea and milk from the caddy outside out door, courtesy of the rebellious H.Thomas, a fellow Welsh JET. So, with the knowledge that we would have to wake at 6:30 am the next morning in our heads, we all went to bed.

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Adding a bit of spice to my life

I had honestly never felt so professional as sitting in a suit, especially since I had been healthy had bought apples and water from breakfast ( tesco meal deal is your friend). There is nothing, however, that can ease the horrible gut wrenching feeling you get when someone checks over your documents, knowing if there is but one mistake you would be kicked off. Waiting in the wrong que or 10 minutes didn’t help either, even if I did make some wonderful friends. By around 10 am we were all ready to go, seated in a lecture hall looking bad ass and professional.

By the time 7:00 rolled around we had finally finished out ‘work’ day and were free to roam around! With out head full of knowledge and the mass of names we had collected from all the friends we made, we were really in the need for some food. The evening ended with chilling with some pretty cool people also going to Kyushu! and having a nice drink.

All in all, absolutely cracking day!

Flight Information!!

Flying with British Airways! I’ve heard they have good luggage allowance so I’m really happy with that. My flight is at 13:30 on the 2nd August and arriving in Japan at 9:10 on the 3rd. I’m glad I get the day In Japan but It means I have to be in Heathrow by 10:30am, which is a good ol’ trek from Wales! So excited now and with the Orientation the day after tomorrow (although I’m going to London tomorrow ready) it’s all starting to feel real.

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