|An Australian Sandwich with American Bread.|
I'm beginning to think that I should just sleep in this damn thing.
I really do like my uniform, but I wear it so much its getting annoying!
At 9:30, my Rotary club host counselor, Mr. Sakioka, the dentist, picked me, Yurie, and Masako up from in front of the pharmacy for the 2 hour drive to Imabari in the Ehime prefecture. We were attending an orientation for the 2 new inbounds (me and Mary Beth) and for the 4 Rotex (Yurie, Masako, and 2 other girls.) The drive was long and boring. But one thing is for sure, Shikoku is really beautiful.
We must have driven through 20 tunnels underneath lush green unspoiled mountains. It was a beautiful day and the drive was scenic. But everyone spoke in Japanese, which I had a hard time understanding. But when I could understand Yurie answered the questions for me. Its beginning to worry me that I don't many chances to try to speak.
At Imabari, I met up with my friend from the plane ride, Mary Beth, from NY. We caught up a little bit, and I was relieved that we were in pretty much the same boat. Then we met Althea, from Townsville, Australia. She had been studying Japanese for 8 years prior to coming here, and she had been in Japan since March. Thus, we weren't all that disappointed when she blew our doors of with her Japanese skills. The 3 of us quickly became fast friends, all discussing the fact that we had all gone thru some intense Culture Shock. It was also cool because I have been to Townsville before, so Althea and I had even more in common. We ate a big lunch and then were whisked into another room. We all introduced ourselves and I got the whole "What do you mean your 15?!?!?" from most of the Rotarians. Then I impressed them with another speech, in English, about how I was surviving with Track and Dance and 6 days of school. Mary Beth and Althea only had 5 days of school, and they had only one club a week. We were read off the rules, which are pretty strict actually. Then we were told that on October 21st and 22nd, we would be in Matsuyama and would have to do a brief speech in front of 1, 800 Rotarians. When the meeting was over, it was hard to say goodbye to Mary Beth and Althea. But at least we would be seeing each other a lot over the next month!