Hey, hi, hello, hola. Nothing too exciting happened yesterday and today, but I thought I’d write a quick update anyway. But first of all … I shared my last post on my Facebook profile and a lot of friends seemed to have read it, and they left really nice comments on it and stuff, so I just wanted to say thank you for that! I really appreciate it. Reading all the nice messages made me super happy. Much love to all of you. ♥
But yeah, as I said, nothing too groundbreaking or exciting happened today or yesterday, so I think this post will be pretty random … sooooooo, where to start?
Yesterday I got up pretty early at around 6.30am – understandable if you go to bed at 9pm the night before, heh – and got ready and ate like a kilogram of cashews and raisins for breakfast (very balanced and nutritional and stuff, I know) and went out at around 8am to first take a little walk around the area before heading to an electronics store to buy a wifi router … because life without wifi is simply not possible for me anymore. I sound horrible, I know, but seriously, I need the interwebs. Internet is as important as the air I breathe. Internet is life. Internet is the universe. INTERNET IS——
Just kidding, I don’t only eat cashews … I also drink this. I pretty much live off this. Who needs veggies when you can just drink flavoured almond milk all day? But seriously, Almond Breeze is so good! Why don’t they sell it in Germany?
Uhm, hrm, hrm, okay, where was I? Oh yeah: anyway, as I was putting on my shoes at the entrance, the caretaker, Kuroiwa-san, came out of her room and started talking to me, asking how I slept, where I was going, things like that. I told her I was going to get some things and asked her if she knew a good place where I could get a cheap wifi router. She not only gave me some good advice about where to buy one but also even gave me a router that she had gotten from a student who had lived at Richard’s House before me. She said that she didn’t really know how to use it and didn’t need it and therefore I could keep it. Yay. Japanese grannies are so nice.
But yeah, okay, so I
thought I didn’t need to go buy a router anymore, but I went out anyway and walked from my dormitory to the city centre where most of the shops are located – just to walk around, maybe do some clothes or cosmetics shopping, and see what changed from last year when my sister and I had spent a little more than a week in Kyoto. I discovered that I don’t live as close to the centre as I thought I did. By subway it only takes around five minutes, but walking, it takes around half an hour or even longer, I’d say. Still, it was a really nice walk, though, and definitely not too tiring or anything as it was still pretty early in the day and therefore not too hot or humid or anything. Okay, I’m lying, I was sweating my butt off after, like, ten minutes of being outside, but I’m still trying to be positive here.
I ended up buying a lot of very, very important things – like Disney facial masks and glittery nail polish, for example. No, okay, I did actually buy some useful stuff as well. I went to the 100-yen-store and got some dishes, because all Doshisha University provided me with is a pot and a kettle. I felt a little stupid, getting like one fork and one spoon and one big kitchen knife and one bowl and one plate, and the cashier was probably like, wtf is this foreigner doing, getting just one fork, but whatever … at least I can cook and eat proper food at home now
instead of 10000 of kilos of cashews. And why get a whole set of forks if I’m only going to be staying here for a little less than half a year and won’t really be able to have guests over and cook for them (not that anybody would want me to cook for them and poison them, but I think you know what I’m trying to get at here)?
(…but the glittery nail polish was still the best investment out of everything, not going to lie. It’s beautiful.)
Hm, what else? I walked around Kyoto a lot … and got lost a few times again, but at least I ended up in the pretty side streets where there were lots of little restaurants and cafés and older Japanese-style houses … so that was nice. After walking around for a bit longer and checking out a few more stores, the sky started to look grey again, so I decided to go home. I didn’t really feel like getting caught in a thunderstorm again, and I wanted to try out the router I had gotten from Kuroiwa-san anyway.
So yeah, home I went. After making myself some food – just plain white rice and nattou – I started trying out the router. I played around with it and tried everything and even called my dad to ask him for advice (probably cost me, like, 20 euros just for that one five-minute phone call), but after more than one hour, I still hadn’t figured out how to connect to the internet. And, in fact, I still haven’t figured it out by now, as I’m writing this on day three, after many, many more hours of trying and crying and getting frustrated and more crying and banging my head against the wall. I hate this. I. Need. Internet. I miss my mom and I need to talk to her, okay. *words of an addict*
Oh well, I messaged the International Office about it, so hopefully I’ll have wifi soon. Until then, I guess my only options are either creepily standing in front of convenience stores and stealing their free wifi or paying, like, five euros for a coffee at Starbucks just so I’m able to sit down there and use their wifi. Oh, but wait, maybe I can use the latter as an excuse to get more Golden Maple frappuccinos? “Sorry, dad, I know I spent, like, 1000 euros on Starbucks this week, but it’s the only place I know where I can sit down and connect to the internet because the internet in my room doesn’t work yet, and I need to buy something there to be able to sit down, you know … and no, I can’t just get the ‘cheap’ filter coffee, in Kyoto they only sell Venti size Golden Maple frappuccinos, you know.” Or something like that.
Okay, I think it’s time for me to stop. Sorry again for the randomness of this post. If you’ve read until here anyway – despite it being so boring and all over the place -, then thank you very much, heh. See you in the next post. Baiaiaiaiaiai!!
Bonus picture, because I thought the “shibanban” thing was really cute and funny. If I ever have a dog, I’ll definitely name him Shinbanban … even if he or she is, like, a scary-looking German shepherd or something.