Well I did it. I took a quick two weeks out of Japan and flew to the great US of A.
I went to a wedding.
Ran in the Marine Corps Freedom 5K.
I ranked 14th out of 54 in my age bracket.
Visited the oldest city in the US, St. Augustine Florida.
The Spanish Fort in St Augustine was closed due to the government shutdown.
Visited the Alligator Farm (can’t go to Florida without seeing the gators)
Saw lots of family and went to the beach.
Got lost a few times on the highway (just to keep it real) and then came home.
I knew I was back in Japan when I started hearing the word, Thank you.
Every stewardess on the ANA airlines said thank you to me.
For what? I have no idea, but they said it anyway.
I was in tears by the 3rd time because I realized I live in the land of Thank You.
Is it possible to say thank you too many times?
I used to think so but not any more.
It touched my heart so to hear it.
It is one of the sweetest characteristics of the Japanese people.
A beautiful defining point of Asian culture.
I don’t believe anyone can say thank you as well as a they.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t try.
Thank you for visiting my page and please come again soon, Julia French
Written October 21, 2013