Left Aizu at 9.12am on the red train to Koriyama. Got kicked out of the reserve compartment so had to move to the unreserved carriage…well, I don’t read Japanese so had no idea it was reserved seating only.
Caught the Shinkasen at Koriyama. While waiting for this bullet train, a train passed by at full speed. Omigod! the noise was terrifying as it passed by!
When I got to Tokyo station there were signs to Narita Express, the train that I had to take to get to the airport. SOmetimes I lose the signs and had to ask. I met a lady from Sendai which is a town in the next prefecture (county) who had been in the uS for 30 years and now coming back to Japan. I told her that i was going to send Lucy to an international school in her town and she said she lived next to the school and that Lucy could stay with her. People are so nice here and polite too.
I had to go deep into the bowels of the earth – three escalators down. Then when I got to the platform, I was still nervous about climbing onto the wrong train, but I soon found out that the electronic signs changes from Japanese to English every few seconds and it matches the ticket – train number, times etc. So that was ok. Once we got to Narita, it is the second stop I needed for the international departures and I had to go up five escalators (I think). Checking was easy and then I went to eat sushi for lunch at the sushi boat. lovely!
I am back for just over a week. I arrived home the same day at 10 am but the flight to Reno was delayed two hours. Then we had a rip roaring flight from SF to reno . The plane was just landing when a gust of strong wind started rocking the plane and we were about 50 to 100 feet from the ground when the plane wings started tipping back and forth and bouncing around. Everyone was so quiet but I was screaming inside! So the pilot took off again. i could not believe it but we ended in Sacramento!! We had to wait for almost two hours ont he tarmac. They fuelled up and then just as we were about to take off the pilot said we are too heavy so they had to throw away some suit cases from the cargo!! everyone was craning their necks to see if it was their suit cases on the tarmac!!. finally, we took off and had a bit of a bumpy ride but we made it at about 8 pm!! We took off about 3.30pm from San Fran. Then there was a big accident on hi way 80 and that delayed us some more. By then I was starving but all the restaurants we went to in truckee were closed! It wasn’t Halloween yet already??!!