I woke up on Sunday after my first night at home since moving back from Japan and nearly froze from using the toilet. I never thought I would miss the heated toilet seat so much. I walked downstairs, I thought – it is so cold! The thermostat was set to 65 so I bumped it up to 72.
While in Japan, I would run my fan in the office even in winter because the heat is kept so high. My flat was also extremely warm and I constantly turning the heat off to cool it down.
Patrick made me a cup of coffee and served it in one of those oversized cups. I told him I didn’t need that much coffee, that’s too big.
I did not say that about the oversized wine pour we had eating out yesterday.
He responded, wow, you really did adjust to Japan.
I guess I did because I was disgusted to see dog poop on the sidewalk heading to the park. I also find myself nodding to everyone. It is a very difficult thing to stop and why shouldn’t we nod as a sign of respect?
While chatting with a neighbor from Hong Kong, we talked about trains in Denver being a joke compared to Japan. [Now, I need to say, the trains are great for getting to a Broncos or Rockies game and the train construction looks to be underway at Denver International Airport. It’s just comparatively, it is a different scale – as it should be 35 million people versus 2 million people.]
My husband does not let me drive the first few days due to a near miss when I was home in August. [Insert female driver from New Jersey joke here] But really, while I obviously do not forget how to drive a car, the jet lag does affect my reaction time.
No trouble here.
One thing I did not have trouble adjusting to is my huge kitchen. I made braised beef short ribs courtesy of Epicurious and simultaneously cooked Faris a la Nicoise (Nice-Style Stuffed Vegetables) courtesy of Saveur Cooks Authentic French. We had the vegetables because I realized Pat has probably not eaten a vegetable in 3 months.
Do you have any culture carry-overs or issues when you go home?