Leaving on a Jet Plane…

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.

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7 Responses to Leaving on a Jet Plane…

  1. Vida says:

    Can hardly wait to greet you – just regret I can’t be at the airport to welcome you to Japan!

  2. JB Gardner says:

    Yes, saying goodbye to many friends feline or otherwise is hard for a bit but the new scene and challenges will make up for it. In no time–well, a little anyhow, you’ll be too busy to get homesick and with your internet proficiency you’re not going to be further away from us than DC. It really is a small world and we wish you all the best in your new chapter of life. LOVE–DD and grampa

  3. Dying to hear news of the next chapter!!!!! So excited for you… and looking forward to enjoying your adventures vicariously.
    BTW, I talked to the Guilford town clerk this morning and everyone in Green River has been checked on, though they will remain stranded at home w/o power and phone for a long time to come.
    The Mummit

  4. Karen says:

    I hope you actually got to relax on the flight and have some together fun time. Fourteen hours is so long to sit and just do the carnival horse circuit around the cattle-car section of the plane. Anxious to see you newest news…Earthquake, Hurricane, and now a Typhoon! Gee. Here’s a site to check out the names for any upcoming events: http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/jma-eng/jma-center/rsmc-hp-pub-eg/tyname.html

    • tarainjapan says:

      Some of the United flights actually have this great on-demand movie/tv thing. So we watched a lot of movies, but it passed the time pretty quickly. Neither of us got much sleep — I just don’t sleep on planes, but Jen tried, without much success. I’m hoping she’s not totally crashing right now at work, and is remembering to eat.

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