Chapter One: Regular sized shopping carts

Trip Start Feb 11, 2007
Trip End Jan 18, 2008

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Kia Ora from The Land of the Long White Cloud! I can't belive it's over and I'm back home! How will I ever adjust??
HELLO EVERYONE! Hisashiburi desu ne. Kono mae kakenakute, SUMIMASEN. Kono mail ha, 95% ha eigo, 2.5% ha nihongo, 2% ha furansugo, 0.5% ha porutogarugo de, eigo ga yomenakattara, zannen desu yo! (Yurushite kudasai) .....De, eigo o chanto naratte kudasai!! Hahaha! Wakaranakattara, nihongo demo, shitsumon o kitemo daijoubu dayo! Kono konpyuuta ha, nihongo de kakenai shi, nihongo oboerarenai shi, kono mail ha eigo de kaita. Minna, yondekurete, arigatou. Eigo o benkyoushiteru baai ha, ganbatte kudasai!

  I have been so busy since I got home, I havent written to anyone, so please forgive me! How are you? Its going to be hanami soon and I WISH I could be in Japan, but no, I'm here in New Zealand and there's not a sakura in sight. I have writtento a few people since I came home but I wanted to do one big email I could send to everyone, SUGOI SABISHIKUNATTA YO! Things here are okay, I have a job, teaching English, at a school about 15 minutes away. My family is good, everyone is very busy and we have a German exchange student living with us. We also have 2 American guys who are travelling round the world staying here while they are in NZ, who my mum and dad let stay for free because they are so funny. Plus one kiwi guy who isnt here much because hes a medical student. So our house is always lively and busy, and there is always something to do. We have a pool table, a pool, a playstation, trampoline, piano, three guitars, a gamecube, playstation 2 in the living room, (complete with dance mats) and a freezer which is always filled with my life is not bad here at all. You know how much I like icecream.   So Michael-----, I know youll take your sweet time to reply to this email, dont worry Im not holding my breath. I think you must be at home? I miss your laugh lately   Irina-----Cold?   Melly----Im trying to get a box together so we can send it around to everyone and everyone take one thing and put in another. I miss the face you give someone when they ask a stupid question!   Jerem----Ca va Bob? On va parler ce soir avec SKYPE. Jespere. Je vais etre ici, meme que je suis hitori de iru.....I miss laughing with you about everything.   Alex-------I miss your discriminatory look. On va parler ce soir aussi, but I wont be able to see you...dommage haha   Oh yeah everyone I am so good at pool now...well, still maybe not as good as Michael, but on a level of normal people's regular abilities, I am kickass! Saikin yoku rensyuu shite, hontou ni jyouzu ni natta! Oh Michael when are you coming to New Zealand? This is another reminder to EVERYONE that they are all welcome to come to NZ and stay in my house (which is turning a bit into a motel...Andy knows this....) to hang out in NZ and I will give you a grand tour. You should come for longer than 2 weeks tho, Andy's wasnt quite long enough and I dont want to go through the pain of thinking about a ticket extention and then find out its non changeable. Lovelife? Whats that? Erm last night I went out to this party of one of my good friends who is moving permanently to Chile, at that party was the cutest guy I have ever seen! Well, you know, he was cute, anyway. He's Italian. I'll keep you updated. I still havent seen alot of my friends since I came home, I'm so busy! I am taking a Portuguese class on Wednesday nights, in the city, and I have class once a week (also in the city), I only have one more until I graduate. YAY! So I work all day, usually get home at 6, then I have games night on Monday with my family, Tuesday is my night to go to my friend Katies house with friends and watch HOUSE (a TV program....its the only time we can all hang out together.) Wednesday I have Portuguese class, get home at 10, Thursday I have a leadership course I'm taking at a local church, and then we play sports in the gym, by the time Friday rolls around I'm too tired to do anything. Most nights I stay up till 2 playing pool. Luckily I will be so busy I wont even notice the time flying by...I am saving up to go to Europe next year with Andy, and then to stay in Brazil awhile...well until her mom gets sick of me and the people are tired of trying to understand my terrible portuguese.   Andy------Q saudades de voce....  I cant spell in portuguese otherwise I would write something cool. I miss you like a crazy person. FALASERIO. fat cake.   I have some omiyages left which I need to give to the people I havent seen, but I am so stingy at the moment that I dont want to drive and use the petrol to go see everyone, I will wait till someone can take me. WOW I have saved so much money lately, I havent spent one cent on food since Andy left, I just eat at home or at people's houses, or drink the free milo they have at work. It's great! I met an exchange student I knew in Hirosaki the other day, bikkuri shita! nihongo o rensuu shitenai kara, chyotto komattetandakedo, daijyoubu datta. atode issyou ni bangohan o tabeyou to omotte, kyou mail suru. But theres no way we are going out for Japanese food or italian food! Tabesugita! Well I have to get going and do something, I am still in bed on Saturday morning, and I want to eat something. I smell pancakes...Ah pancakes. Michael, I miss you.   I miss everyone I met in Japan so much, I think about it everyday and for sure will see you again. Please respond to this email....even feel free to take as long as I did, I deserve it... but write back, 'cause natsukashii yo....   MINNA DAISUKI! Becky ph 0064211454001   cellphone (you might have to take the zeros from the beginning...) address  13 The Close,                Greenhithe                Auckland                New Zealand email
Bye guys! I'll keep them coming!
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