Yu-Ai August issue 2018 — Kaelee Parker

Yu-ai Friendship
Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO

 

My Experiences with the WFC
Kaelee Parker
July 6th – August 12th, 2018

 

Arriving in the Rain

I landed in the Hiroshima airport on July 6th, when the city was in the midst of the torrential rain. The highways were closed, buses and trains weren’t running, and the airport hotel was completely full. Luckily, Mikiko-san and Yoshi-san helped me through this stressful venture. They were able to reserve a cottage for me, located close to the airport hotel, so that I wouldn’t have to spend the night in the airport. The cottage was meant for a family of four so it was a little big for just me, but I chose to make the best of it and relax after the long flight into Japan.

The next morning, I moved over to the airport hotel lobby. The buses were still not running and now the WiFi and phone service was down too. Even the food trucks couldn’t make it to the hotel so there wasn’t any food available. They ended up shuttling me to the airport so that I could get food and WiFi. There, I was able to contact Mikiko-san more. It looked like I’d need to stay at the airport hotel overnight. Luckily, this time, there was a room available for me. Being jetlagged, I fell asleep around 5pm that night.

Waking up around 4am the next morning, I had a lot of time without much to do.

 

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