- My last few days in Ehime were lovely. I stayed with my friends, and their cute little dog. I went to the hot spring a couple of times, even though Kumamoto also has lots of hot springs (thanks to the volcano). On the way to the ferry, we went to my favourite sushi place, and then for ice cream, which is always the best way to end any day. I made it to Kumamoto without incident, and the estate agent drove me to my new place, which was helpful because I had no recollection of where it was.
- The first thing I noticed was the hills. Everything here is up. Literally, with the exception of the road to the supermarket (thank goodness for that, uphill with groceries would not have been pretty), to get anywhere, I have to go uphill. I guess it's good exercise...
- I'm finding my bearings slowly, with the help of Google maps. I need to get a new bicycle (my old one was really on its last legs, even the brakes were about to go, so I decided to get rid of it and get a new one here), and as everything here is uphill, I'm going to need some gears and possibly a motor of some description. My next challenge, then, is to track down a decent bicycle shop. Wish me luck!
- The phone company sent two gentlemen out to set up my internet, which was very kind of them. Now that I think of it, they were both wearing suits and were in their 50s, which in Japan is a sign that they were office workers. Usually, staff that call at peoples' houses wear uniforms and are a bit younger. It makes me wonder if I was getting special treatment after calling the English service line countless times trying to get the modems sent to the right place at the right time. I think the last time I called, wondering if the cables I'd been sent were the right ones because they didn't seem to fit anything (turned out you needed to take the cover off, how was I supposed to know?!) was the last straw and they realised that if they didn't come and sort it out, I would just keep calling and they'd never be rid of me!
So, yes, I'm a Kumamoto resident now. So far, so good.