These last few days have been a rush of goodbyes, errands, paperwork, last minute panic, and natural disasters. Brattleboro VT (my home town) was devastated by Hurricane Irene, although DC only got a little rain. We’re flying out tomorrow around noon under clear skies, but we hear that we’re flying into a typhoon on the Japanese side.
The last few years in DC have been a lot of fun, and it really is bittersweet to be leaving behind such wonderful friends for Tokyo. It was also really hard to say goodbye to the cats this evening. They are staying at a cattery for a few days, then with our friend Katie for the next month. Unfortunately the Japanese government has taken issue with the cats’ paperwork, claiming that we failed to observe a policy which their rule-book doesn’t actually specify is necessary. We’re still fighting to be able to bring them into Japan, but if we fail to cow the vast bureaucracy the cats will be shipping out to England to stay with Jen’s parents. They’ll be very happy there, I’m sure, with a big house and a back yard, but it’s hard to say goodbye not knowing when we’ll see them again. Our babies. 😦
Tonight we’re finishing repacking, and bracing for 14 hours on an airplane. We are well stocked in music, books, cheezits, and extra deodorant, and the laedlein-tradition passport checks have commenced. But our laundry is finished, which means now I get to pass out! Goodnight America, see you in a couple years.