Things I learned about life while on my trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima:
- Those oft-quoted but rarely followed words are true: DON’T PANIC.
- If you must panic (just for the sake of the emotion), remember the important things: you’re still alive, you haven’t been arrested (well, hopefully), and Japanese people are, in general, extraordinarily nice.
- Christine is amazing.
- Do not judge a hostel by its schnazzy website nor supposed takoyaki parties.
- Finding sad/serious things moderately amusing is fine-and-dandy as long as one can control one’s giggles.
- Sometimes its necessary to be a very good actress.
- Charge your cell phone.
- Do not keep all your money readily accessible, especially if you are an emotional shopper.
- Verify right away that return tickets say what you expect them to.
- Rolling with the punches and a strong sense of self can get you through a lot of sticky situations.
Overall it was an excellent trip. There may have been a few rough patches, but I did the best I could given my silliness.
Actual trip to come. Once I gird my loins and start sifting through all the photos. Oh, god…