How do I even begin to summarize my trip so far! It has been a whirlwind! It has almost been a week since I have been here in Japan! I left out of Vancouver international airport last sunday, kissing my mom and dad goodbye, and having an emotional goodbye to my boyfriend Andrew. Its crazy the emotions you feel when you know your not going to see someone for quite sometime. I was so excited for this opportunity that is presented in front of me, but the thought of not getting to see him, truly hurt my heart. Tears were flowing, and the hugged continued for about 10 minutes until I finally had to board my flight to LAX. I scanned my boarding pass and walked to the plane waving goodbye. I had to keep reminding myself everything was going to be alright (and it was), but when your pretty young and in love it can be hard. I met up with the one and only Megan Jo Willis in the Delta Sky Lounge in LAX, and grabbed a bite to eat. We had a 2 and a half hour lay over that went by pretty quick. We boarded the flight, the Narita, Tokyo and as I walked into business class, it was a WHOLE NEW BALL GAME. I’ve been so fortunate enough to travel the world with softball, but having the chance to fly business class on a 13 hours flight is the way to go. It was all amazing, the food, the service, the Cesars, the seats that reclined into beds, and the giant poofy blankets that we got! Again, very thankful for this! Megan and I both slept for probably 6 hours of the flight which was perfect! We had arrived in Tokyo at last! We sprinted to our connecting flight (lucky to make it) and made out final decend into Nagoya! Awaiting us was our translator, Kuroki! What a sweetheart! I knew right off the bat she was going to be a gem! We head to our place, and she turns back and hands me a brand new Iphone 4 to use while here in Japan! For generous of course! It keeps me connected to all of you folks via twitter and facebook! We make it to our place, and I get the royal tour. A 4 bedroom apartment for me and Megan! Pretty nice. I have the upstairs to myself. Big bed, puffy blankets, plenty of hangors so I’m good Were told we have to get ready the next day to head over and play in a mini tournament. I try and unpack as my eyeballs are slowly closing so I stop and have a quick skype call with Andrew! I already miss his face by seeing him. The morning comes quick as I go to bed at 10 and wake up at 5 AM. I wake up FAMISHED and flustered. I text Megan to see if we have food. Luckily we have the “Danielle Lawrie special” in the house. I whip up an Egg Mcmuffin, and head back upstairs to unpack and pack for our 3 game road trip. We take the bullet train over and what an experience that was! Pretty cool! Of course we had to make a trip to Starbucks! I love seeing how unique things are over here. We head over to meet up with the team, and find them all waiting out side of the hotel to greet us! What sweet and amazing girls they already seem like, giving us hugs and helping us with our bags! We get all settled down and make our way to dinner. One thing I kind of enjoyed was that we are not aloud to wear shoes in the hotel, you either have to place them in lockers just before you enter, or carry your shoes to your room (it was crazy). With dinner, it was different as well, we had to sit on the floor, (traditional but I’m not used to it of course). Food was then delivered to us all. Different but yummmmmy! I have to get used to carbs over here! SOO MANY! It felt good to sit down and meet with everyone. We got the run down for the week and headed back into our rooms to prepare for game day! I woke up early again but its kind of nice to be up just as the sun rises! I was throwing the first game of the day, so it was nice to run and stretch out and get ready to go. It was fun to connect up with the girls and see how the flow of the team went. I loved it! I loved the support system of everyone! They cheer like its the last out every single pitch! Its AMAZING. To make a long story short, we played 5 games on the road, and went 4-1. I threw 10 innings and felt pretty good! We made our way back yesterday and it never felt so good to finally lay in my own bed!! The next day we had to have a girls shopping trip. It was Megan, Kuroki and I! The mall was huge, I could barley fit in anything HA, the biggest they have for us is mediums over here! Also, shoes… ahhh out of the question, don’t even attempt. Pretty neat walking around and checking everything out. We then went back to our place and just hung out! And here we are now! Were just about to sit down to a nice Taco dinner prepared by the one and only Megan-San along with a nice glass of Cab! I think were going to throw on Pretty Woman as well! First time for everything!
One thing I do want to say is, the amount of effort the rookies have to do here. THEY DO EVERYTHING. By that I mean literally everything. Take gear, hand out boxed lunches, take laundry, do it, fold it and hand it back, serve us our dinner, take our trash. Its so much. I don’t know how they do it. I know I would not have been able to do that in college. I have so much appreciation for these young rookies as well as the vets. The level of play over here is some what simliar to the states, but the work ethic over here is over the top. They eat/sleep and breath this sport. When they strike out in a game, they are in their rooms taking dry hacks preparing for tomorrows game so they wont repeat the same mistake. I have so much respect for how they play the game over here. Its nice to see, and it allows you to appreciate HARD HARD HARD work.
I hope you all enjoy this !
Hope you all are doing well! I miss you guys!
Thinking of my brother and wishing him a quick recovery with his groin!
Until next time
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