Thursday, April 27, 2006

Revelations in Starbucks

As I was sitting in Starbucks waiting for the supreme-brain-team to arrive for the quiz night, I sat back in my chair, slurping my matcha frappuccino (nama kurimu nashini) and watched the world around me.

The setting and atmosphere was so familiar and comfortable...but not. The Japanese chatter floated in the air and only some words were processed by my brain. I watched the suits walk in with their shiny, black, slicked back hair and pinstripes, the girls with their big hair, matching branded handbags and killer heels, the odd foreigner or two with a backpack or book. It was cosy, warm and smelt like fresh caffeine in a sturdy, takeaway cup.

Then panic set in. In about 3 months time I would be doing the same thing - sitting in a cafe, but in a different country, Australia. The countdown is beginning to freak me out. Although I do look forward to going home, I also don't want to leave. In about 3 months time, this will all be but a memory wanting to be alive again.

"Don't think of it as only 3 months left to go, but as you've still got 3 months here." Wise words from Alison.

So little time. Too short. How could 2 years pass by so quickly? I flipped through my diary and saw my remaining days left in Japan. It's like I'm about to wake up from an amazing dream and have to start facing reality.

Wake up and smell the coffee.


At 3:35 pm, Anonymous ``fans said...

i like the environment at Starbucks, cz i like the coffee.. *wick*

At 10:46 pm, Blogger Lisa Scott said...

so true babe. I don't want to leave, but I do want to go home.
Couldn't hack another year in Japan not working though...

At 11:44 pm, Blogger amanda said...

It's good that you had your dream come true and enjoyed the 2 years. Not a step that everyone could take... :)

At 7:47 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said...

Hi Came across your blog and i think that it's great that you're living out a life that many of us only dream about. And even if you came back to Australia there really isn't anything stopping you from going again if you bad it badly enough. Goodluck and keep blogging!

At 9:56 am, Blogger Char said...

Hey. I too came across your blog. I think it's amazing that you followed through with your dream and is brave enough to live it out. I myself have thought about going abroad and teaching after grad but am too scared! hehe

At 4:55 pm, Anonymous Mish said...

Yes lil Christine! It's time for you to come home so i can feel tall again :P JK JK JK...enjoy Japan as much as you can then we can all sit down with ummm coffee (no SB here BOO!) and chat about your adventures.

At 10:18 pm, Blogger Laura said...

I know the feeling. We're going home in less than four weeks! Arrghh. I'll miss this crazy place.

At 5:49 am, Anonymous Fiona said...

I think your adventure in Japan is amazing. I hope one day I can go to JET too.

At 9:26 pm, Anonymous chickenbutt said...

Chrstine, reading your blog makes me realise that you CAN make dreams come true, even if some look plain impossible to achieve!

Enjoy every minute you have now and mope after you get home.I'm sure once you get there you'll kick up another dream to work on;)

At 12:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey that's 3 months to stock up on the green tea kit kats to bring home to your brother... err i mean your mother.. yes your mother!

At 12:28 am, Blogger Christine said...

fans - We don't have Starbucks in Perth but we've got heaps of other great coffee places. I guess in Japan, it's a gaijin's sense of familiarity.

Hey Lisa! Hisashiburi ne! We have to catch up before we leave J-pan yeah? Hope you're having a blast while your brother is visiting.

amanda - Thanks for that, I definitely don't regret a thing and appreciate my time here.

pickles - Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. If you dream about it and really want it and work hard at it, then it can become a reality, I reckon. Yeah, that's true - I can always come back =)

char - Do it! It's a great experience!

mish - haha punk! Chat about my adventures? You're reading them all right here!

laura - All the best settling back home! Yeah, I'm going to miss Japan heaps too.

fiona - Thanks! I hope you can experience for yourself too. JET is the best way to go.

chickenbutt - Thanks for that! Haha that's so true, I'm trying not too think about it too much while I'm here. Like you said, I can mope when I get home.

BBL - Haha you suss head! Yeah, yeah... IF I see them, I'll buy them for you and post them over. Email me your postal address.


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