Just a quick note to let you all know I made it to Japan and am still in one piece (just a little melted around the edges). Technology here has been...umm...interesting to say the least. When I remember how to upload photos, I'll do more postings - so much to tell! In short, I'm at a fantastic school, my apartment is charming with its tatami rooms and nightly semi (cicada) orchestra, and I'm even beginning to figure out the bus schedule - ok, well, maybe I'm not - I'm just starting to recognize the people at my stops and they make sure I get on the right bus :).
And to all my soFla peeps - hopefully Ernesto will lose his way...I'm praying for you...be safe!