A friend in the UK met her new neighbor the other day. Discovered that she'd lived in Japan. Had missed Japan after leaving. Had started reading a blog about life in Japan as part of her reconnecting.
A blog by a British woman living with her Japanese mother in law.
Who has dementia......
Hi Erin!!! ;-)
Isn't that strange??? There are many, many blogs by expats living in Japan. I know quite a lot of people in the UK. Sarah was an old colleague from my journalist days in the UK 25 plus years ago. I haven't actually met her for years, we connect on Facebook now.
And her new neighbor is a reader of this blog.
And in other, less happy news.
I did one day of volunteer work for the Asian Winter Games. Then quit in disappointment and anger. And exhaustion.
My volunteer place, the VIP and event executive HQ hotel. They had too many volunteers and the staff (civil servants from many places around Japan) didn't USE the volunteers for much at all. Just made us stand in the hotel lobby....for hours. Decoration volunteers.
I directed a few people to the breakfast room. I helped a Chinese women with a suitcase. Showed two businessmen (not AWG people at all) the way to a lunch place. Err. I held up a sign "Observation Tour" for 20 mins.
Errr. That was it.
I didn't escort ANY VIP to a waiting taxi. Didn't share any local knowledge with anyone. Just stood for 5 hours. Then lunch. Then stood some more...
So I quit. Told the Volunteer Center why. They offered more work in a different place, but I'm already hearing tales of boredom and frustration fro students and old friends at other venues. So - No thankyou.
I'd rather have my life back.
So. Here is a picture of me as a brief volunteer at the Asian Winter Games..
Dear Son is home and looking after everything. Best of all he provides a bit of dinner-time chat to enliven the evening.
One thing. Okaasan and pee smell. She really really smells strongly of pee. After she's been to the toilet it even wafts up to the 2nd floor.
Is it her body? Her urine-soaked clothes? I must do a major laundry blitz.
Or does her actual pee smell so strong???
I have to investigate.
Oh, and the cat has a lump on his neck. Have to take care of that.
No time to dwell on volunteer disappointment!! Got Pokemon to catch, pee to check, cat to attend to....onwards.
Hi Erin!!! I am thinking to come to the Uk in September - we can meet!!