Thursday, March 30, 2006

A Bit of Edusmufflecation (Sorry folks, inside joke)

So Saturday morning, we are leaving for our ridiculous month-or-so long road trip, in our Daihatsu Mira, a car which makes our old Toyota Tercel feel roomy. As I told my co-workers in Japan, by the end of the trip, Jeff and I will either have tremendous patience and love for each other, or we will (at this point, I make the gesture for strangulation... body language communicates this idea far more clearly than my broken Japanese ever could!)

So, where are we going? What are we doing? Who are we seeing? How can you reach us?

Here we go... Japan is divided into 4 main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Please click on the map below. Once you click on it, if you still can't read it, enlarge it.

We presently live pretty much smack in the middle of Honshu island. See "Maebashi"? That is the capital of the prefecture we live in. For our trip, we are heading west and south. The farthest we have ever gone is Hiroshima. We plan on taking our time and seeing as much as we can. We plan to spend most of our time and energy on Shikoku and Kyushu islands, since we have never been to either of them. And we plan on dragging out our yen as much as possible by camping, sleeping in the car (yes, it's possible) driving non-toll roads, and eating at 7-11s and ramen shops. Haha. Wanna place bets how long we'll last?

I've been reading and underlining pages in the Lonely Planet guide for the past month. This could be a very exciting trip. Volcanoes, myriads of hot springs, including "sand baths," sand dunes, amazing coastlines, waterfalls... ETC!

We will meet up with Mikiko and her sister Emiko in Fukuoka towards the beginning of the trip. They have family there that we will stay with for a few days. On the way back up, we will stop in Kobe and visit our friend Natsuko (I met her at Brock). And we're hoping to visit another friend, Rieko, in Yokohama.

We don't know when we will be back. After the trip, we will come back to Ota for about 4 days to rest and say good-bye to the crew here. Then, we will go to Tokyo to visit Joanne for 2 or 3 days. And then, finally, we will come home. We are estimating mid-May. We'll see how everything goes... And we'll let you all know when we do finally book that ticket home.

We will be stopping at internet cafes regularly, so please keep emailing us! We've been feeling a bit lonely lately... (hint, hint, hint!!!) And we also hope to update the blog about once a week, or more, depending how things go. So keep checking us out! So in terms of keeping in touch, the only thing changing is that the Epp household will now be a completely mobile household... what I've always wanted... the wandering gypsy caravan! Oh, but Jeff will no longer have his cell phone. I'll still have mine. You can text us there too, but you gotta keep the messages to only a few sentences. Otherwise they'll get cut off.

Well, bon voyage, everyone!


Suzanne said...

Good Travels to you! That sounds so exciting and Jeff make sure you take some awesome pictures of waterfalls for me. Before hydrangias, waterfalls are my number one favorite of Gods, non-human creation! I absolutely love waterfalls, so make sure you take some good shots of them. Have an awesome time guys and I am so excited for your arrival in May!

Joanne said...

Bon Voyage! Have fun but remember to lock those car doors eh!

I'll keep the random keitai messages coming.