I had an epiphany today.
It might not be The Way It Is, but it makes sense to me.
We took a nap this afternoon. I've seriously considered a nap almost every day this week, and it's not jet lag. We've definitely adjusted by now. No, we realized when we got up at 5pm that it's because the sun rises here at four thirty in the morning. And that's when the sunlight spilling into our hotel room is the brightest and the birds are at a volume that can only be described as "elementary school field trip to Candyland."
Is this why Japan is called the Land of the Rising Sun? Hmmm?
Four thirty a.m. Sweet jujubes.
We signed the paperwork and got the keys to the house!
Americans are have just one key for all their doors. Slackers.
Another topic change!
Tonight's culinary adventure was to a small Indian restaurant. The host/waiter was trilingual, so I was already impressed. Then we ordered food - I could order a vegetarian dish from the menu that had pictures, Japanese, and English descriptions! It came with a piece of nan (you know, that delicious bread stuff) that was as wide as my outstretched fingers and as long as my forearm. It looked like a deflated weather balloon draped across my vegetable curry and chana masala, and it was delicious. The Mew, ever on a quest for food so spicy it makes him sweat and/or cry, accomplished his goal. We both agree that the restaurant deserves to be much busier than it is (we were the only ones there) and will be spreading the word.
The portions were bigger than we expected (free mango dessert was a nice touch), so instead of going out afterward, we decided to go back to the room, snack on some antacids, and be fat for the evening.
Happy Birthday, Mew!