Today, not really doing great. Just had a big fight with my dad. It all started when I told him that I wanted to travel before starting school. Since I am financially dependent on him, I asked him if he could give me a little bit of money to pay for my Japan Rail Pass. I have a bit of cash aside, doing some babysitting for my neighbors, but not enough to pay for the Rail Pass, the food, and the hostels once in Japan. According to my dad, since this is extra and it doesn’t go into the budget he is willing to give me to finance my school expenses. Plus, according to him, traveling alone at my age is really not a good idea. Even though I argued telling him that Japan was the safest country in the world, he did not listen. I then said that I was tired of him looking at me as if I was a child and that he should start to see me for whom I am: a grown-up. But there are some truths that my dad just doesn’t want to hear. In that case, he just stop talking and listening to me. HE becomes the child. I just hate it!
When I have a fight with my dad, my mum also gives me a headache. She just tells him that HE is right and she tells me exactly the same (that I am right). Choose a side mum, come on!!!
I don’t really care because, once in Japan, they have no way of knowing what I do, who I talk to, where I sleep, what time I go home, unless I tell them. I love my parents but, at times, I found them too intrusive in my personal life. In a way, I think that is why I am going away, so far. Let me be but give me money to enable me to do what I want!! Hahaha! I am such a spoiled kid and I know it! But I am really looking forward to the time in life where I will be the one financing my own project!
Anyway, let’s talk about something else.
I am leaving on Monday night. Seriously, how can I spend so much energy on fighting with my parents while I am leaving in like… two days!!!!!
So, I am getting ready. First, I think my Japanese is good enough. I know all the surviving sentences (Where is the bathroom? How much is it? A beer, please? I am lost. Can you speak English? See Zoe notes) and I can’t wait to learn more. I am starting to really love learning Japanese. Even if becoming fluent seems like an impossible task, confident I feel. May the force be with me!
I am so excited about leaving that I had already packed my suitcase last week! I saw on the net that it is 93 °F (HOT!!) in Tokyo today so I am not taking a lot of things with me. Plus, when my parents come in December, they will bring my big sweaters, my boots, my jacket… and other missing goods.
The thing worrying me the most at the moment is that I haven’t found a host family yet. I contacted my new school in Fukuoka, and Miss Okamoto, the responsible of Housing department, told me that Japanese people are currently on vacation (some holidays called “OBON”) and that is probably why I don’t have any answers. She also proposed other housing options, such as dormitory or shared apartment, but I am not interested. I really wish to experience living with a host family. I am going to wait a bit more. At first, I will be staying with Sean, my friend mum, in Tokyo and after, I will be traveling. So, I still have some time.
Yes, dad, I will travel… whatever you think! And again, talking about my dad. I get so angry at him sometimes!
Let’s change of subject again! Last night, I went out with my best friend Sophie. We went to see a Reggae concert in bar in the district of Oberkampf (a very popular district of Paris) to celebrate our last night together this year. Actually, just realized that I haven’t talked to you about her yet. To be brief, it is my best friend since junior high. We met in the middle of 1st grade, when she moved to Paris from Guadeloupe. At first, she was talking in Creole: Ti femel, ka ou fé ? (Hey, girl, how are you ?) She lost it since then but I still love the way she speaks. She is really relax. I’ve never seen her angry, that is to say. I consider her like my sister, since we have spent all our weekend together since the day we met, either my house or her house. Thinking of it, I am going to miss her mum Colombo*. I am going to miss Soso. She promised to come see me in April, once “I mastered Japanese and the Japanese”, as she explained. Sophie stays in Paris, studying Literature at La Sorbonne (French Faculty of Paris). Her goal is to go live a year as an exchange student in Spain with the Erasmus program*. According to Sophie, Spain, as Guadeloupe, is one of the places on earth where people actually know what is means to party.
Here are for the last long news from France. Next time, it will be from Japan!!!!!!!!!
* Columbo is a traditional dish from Guadeloupe