Monday afternoon, my daughter Melanie and I boarded a rather small jet in Charlotte, NC, to begin the first leg of our 28 hour journey to Iwakuni, Japan. We had a layover in Houston, and then another in Los Angeles. After we had navigated the labyrinth which passes for an airport in L.A., switching from the domestic terminals to the international ones (with nary a sign to tell us anything), I finally had time to scout around a little before boarding our third flight – an eleven-hour marathon on ANA to Tokyo. Our fourth flight, after hanging around the Tokyo airport for four hours, was a much shorter flight to Iwakuni. This small town, Southern country girl definitely got a big-time edumacation.That’s Channing Tatum wearing clothes on the GQ cover – just in case you didn’t recognize him in disguise.
Today we’re walking a little in downtown Iwakuni. My brand-spanking-new granddaughter, Charlie, is all dressed up, so expect PICTURES!!!!!
We’re going to eat lunch while we’re out and about, and all the menus are in Japanese.
I don’t know Japanese, so say a little prayer for me. Squid, octopus, and insects are not on my favored food list.One of my friends sat in front of Laura Bush on an airplane last week and sneaked a picture of her. Well, “sneaked” may be a little strong. She was, after all, smiling at the camera. The closest I got to a celebrity was this bookstore.
Gotta run! After lunch, I’m going to make some very un-Japanese banana bread. Upside down pizza is on the menu for dinner. In between, I’m on a plant rescue mission. My daughter has a few plants that need my brand of TLC, and I’ve also convinced her that her life will never be complete without coleus and caladiums.