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On the way to Tokyo

I’ve checked in, said my farewells, and am now sitting waiting for my flight.  The last week or so has been a mad rush of moving out of home, packing, and trying to catch people.

Yesterday, I managed to say goodbye to all of my old job, my house and my car.  It’s been quite surreal watching my Melbourne life flash past – having a farewell breakfast with my boss, handing the keys to my (now empty) house to the real estate agent for leasing out, and dropping off my car.  Last night was a family dinner with Cathy, Chris, mum, dad and Audrey.  Mum put on a fantastic lamb roast, and there was a good quality bottle of Chandon consumed before a cracker bottle of 1990 Banockburn shiraz/cabernet.  I knew I’d been saving that one up for the right occasion.

All the preparations have finished now, and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself now.  I will stay in a hotel in Shibuya tonight, and then it’s in to my new apartment tomorrow morning.  I’ll try to explore my new local area on Sunday & Monday, and make sure I find Audrey a 1st birthday present, before starting work on Tuesday.

4 Comments

  1. Helena Hjertén says:

    Hi there,
    great to see that you are back in Japan again. I still haven´t been there since 2000!! I long to get back,maybe now we can come visit you? Dows your apartment include guestroom for a family with three kids? What are you going to do? Where do you live and where is the office?
    I will follow you online….

  2. Bruce Wilson says:

    Good luck with it all Dave. We’ll miss you. Dad

  3. Jonno says:

    Karyn said to wish you a happy and safe trip. Who knows? We may even squeeze in a visit? Let me know how your trip was esp. any heavy metal. Will is asleep after another day of “train” and “plane”.

  4. Natalie says:

    Hi David, Sorry I didn’t get to farewell you off before departing. Let me know when you have settled in and I shall give you all of my favourties places to eat in Tokyo and great travel places around Japan.

    Dont forget to join the ANZCCJ ( Aust Chamber of Commerce in Japan) and say hello to Kathryn in the office for me

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