If I don’t start on this blog now, I’ll never get going…..
I’ve hit the ground running here. I arrived in Saiki at 2:00 am on Thursday and spent the day running errands. I had to go into work to take care of paperwork, which included finding a map of the town and tracing my path from home to work with the exact distance and approximate time noted. I had to bring the map home to work on because I am not exactly sure which route I will take. I will be reimbursed for gas if I live 5 km away…I think I’ll take a slightly more circuitous route than the 4.5 km route that I took home. I guess it doesn’t matter that much because I am planning to ride my bike on the days that I work in the office.
Taking care of paperwork takes so much longer than it ought to because it takes so long for me to read everything and then of course I am less detail-oriented than is expected. When I went to the bank yesterday to open an account, I had to redo the forms THREE times. The first time, Jiro thought he’d help me out by filling in our address. The teller shouted at him to stop because everything had to be in my handwriting. On the next attempt, I wrote my name in Japanese and had to redo the entire application because I was supposed to write it in English (no, I couldn’t just add it). The third time, I wrote out a word in its entirety rather than as an abbreviation as it appears on my city registration form. They let me just initial the incorrect version…
Today we worked on the space we will live in.
There’s still another month of work until it is liveable. It’s going to be really nice.
I start work on Monday and work 5 days a week from 8:30 to 5:00 and get a 45 minute lunch break that starts at 12:15 like every other city employee.