Well I think I have a schedule worked out, assuming I stay in Japanese 3. It is really hard :/. I guess I just test well or something and got into a class fairly above my level.
I’m planning on staying in it for the challenge (and because 90-100 is an A+ and a 80-90 is an A). I have this Monday off, so…study day I suppose. If I study a ton, I can probably somewhat catch up and survive the class and, afterward, I’ll be doing well 🙂
That is a spreadsheet I made of what I want to take. We will see how it goes. The GIS classes (both International Relations and Debate) are allowed to deny me if the class is too full or whatever.
Back onto the subject of life here.
There are gardens and parks everywhere, and I love that. They have turned walking into one of my favorite passtimes; I think I made it over half way to Disney Land yesterday. It really is a very pretty area with subtle, rolling hills, rivers, and gardens scattered throughout. I will have to upload some pics soon (I’ve taken a fair number, but it takes so much time to edit/upload them :p). I believe you would quite like it here mom. Things seem to grow well and colorful little nurseries are abundant.
I’m sure I am boring many of you will all this talk of plants and things, so I’ll move on to something more exciting; shops. Apart from being expensive, the shops here are great. Tokyo is so huge that it has everything. Anything you can possibly think of is here, you just have to find it (taking up walking has greatly expedited that process). The food is always tempting too. Near my dorm there are hundreds of little cafes, bakeries, ramen shops, and any sort of restaurant you can imagine. I hope to eat at most of them some day, and I would have by now if not for the cost. As huge as this place is, these little places give it a small town feel. Most are not chains, just locally owned and each as unique as the last. It is like walking through an old downtown, redone with new stores and trendy shops. Just, instead of only a little square, there are thousands.
It certainly has a “city” feel too. Towering highrises and lighted streets make for a 24 hour town. Buildings block the sun and street lamps outshine the stars. There is no doubt that if you want to see hustle and bustle, it can be found. I, for the most part, like the quiet better, but the city has its place too. I practically walk into people while there cause I can’t help but stare up the sides of the buildings, reading signs for the different stores on every floor. It breathe taking in its own way; it overwhelms and excites I suppose.
Well that is it for now, as it seems I have written a short essay, I will move on and get some other things done tonight as well.