Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We made it!
So we fired up the flux capacitor (if you don't know what I am talking about, just give a slight chuckle and keep reading) and zoomed 13 hours ahead of most of you. Our flights were good- we were delayed in Newark for an hour (after already waiting in the airport since 4:30 am) and missed our connection in San Fran to Tokyo. But, we were automatically rebooked on a flight two hours later- just enough time for us to purchase 2 sandwiches and a bag of chips for $25! No upgradges available (too scared to pull the fake honeymoon thing) but on both of our flights we had an empty seat next to us!
Then we got to Tokyo. Before we even left customs I got in trouble for taking pictures. Of course, I didn't know that I was in customs still- not my fault! A nice hour long train ride into the city- A great sight-seeing opportunity except we both dozed off. Tokyo was surprisingly 'familiar' when we were first walking around. There is a Starbucks here of course- they sell a Coffee Jelly Frappuccino that I am not too sure about but will probably try before I leave. Carrie did a great job of navigating us to our hotel and we took much needed showers. Then off to dinner.
Hmm. Dinner. This is when Tokyo got a little unfamiliar. We were directed by our hotel to a conveyor belt-style sushi place that hardly had an english menu (and no English speaking staff). Being sushi experts, we knew what 30% of the sushi plates that came around were. When we first sat, after identifying where the chop sticks, ginger, soy sauce, and wasabi were located, we proceeded to get our meal ready. We mixed the wasabi in with the soy sauce (the wasabi was a weird powdery version), and got eatin'. Half way thru the meal we got thirsty (it is hard to order drinks if no one knows what you are saying). We looked around, and saw someone put the wasabi in a cup and fill it with hot water. Hmm. Strange. They don't do that at Momo's in Alexandria. We exchanged strange looks with each other, and I muttered under my breath that I think we put green tea powder in our soy sauce. But what if I was wrong. Did I really want wasabi flavored tea? Carrie tried it. Tea. Not wasabi. A little bit embarrased. But, green tea soy sauce is good. Really good.
Now we are back at the hotel. No late night tonight. Some residual motion sickness and extreme tiredness. Fish market tomorrow. More sushi. Mmm.