I’ve got some good news!
I’m going to be spending a little under two weeks in Japan for my spring break!
I’m excited to be going there, although I must say that I really hate trying to plan the trip there.
This will only have been the second time that I’ve gone to Japan, but that doesn’t mean that the planning to get there has become any less difficult.
So far I’ve already found a great deal on Priceline.com for a hotel in Umeda, Osaka. The flights there aren’t too bad, but the layovers on the way back are going to make me want to shoot myself.
Myself and a friend want to take a shot at the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) to see how well we can do. Also, we’re planning on making a short trip to Tokyo as well since there is a college there that he wants to look at. The only thing that’s causing some stress on my part is that his passport literally just expired, and he’s waiting to see if his grandparents can give him a hand with the expenses.
All in all for just myself alone I am expecting to spend about $5,000 (USD)!
My Sensei talked about getting a JR pass and helping me with that as well so that when we travel around it won’t be as much.
At any rate, I’m happy to be going back. The last time I went I felt like I had learned more in the 8 days that I was there than I had in a classroom. Where I am, it’s extremely difficult to find a Japanese speaking person to practice with. Arizona has hardly any Japanese there, and at the moment I am finding it hard to motivate myself in a way.
I’m working my tail end off at school and right now I’m doing rather well, but I still have a butt load of homework to do and I have to do it to make sure that my grade stays up. But while planning this trip it is really stressful. Actually very overwhelming. To be honest after I come home from school and then surf the internet for another hour or so trying to get everything straight I don’t really want to do too much Japanese afterwords! But tomorrow I have a study session with three members of my class and we’re going to meet up with one of the few Japanese tutors at our school, Takuya.
I really need to get motivated again.
If you have any suggestions please leave them in a comment!