Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Repatriation, kind of...

This past weekend my assignment in Japan ended. You can see my effort to clean up my apartment actually ended up producing what seemed to be a larger mess.
Amazingly, I was in Japan exactly 5 years, I landed on March 10, 2008 and left on March 10, 2013.  Well, a little less then 5 years, I arrived at 4pm and departed at 9:30am.  It's sad to leave, I made many good friends, found lots of great food and traveled around like I never imagined I would during my time in Japan.
After a cold winter, I was lucky to see my garden bloom one last time (no effort on my part). 
 Typically when an assignment like this ends you repatriate. Repatriation is the process of returning to ones place of origin or citizenship. It turns out I'm not really going to do that.  I am returning to Seattle for a couple of weeks but will start a new assignment in Italy later this month.
These movers are actually packing up stuff and sending it direct to Italy, but I have not told them where in Italy to send it yet, because I don't know.  The shipment also includes two folding bikes.  I'm still working on the details but I'm planning on living in town in Southern Italy called Martina Franca (in the heel).  
For now I will pause from updating this blog, but will keep this blog on-deck for next time I visit Japan or Asia, hopefully after my Italian assignment ends.
Shortly after handing over my keys, the management company quickly taped over my mailbox.

Like Son Seals said "when you got to go, you got to go...  ...hopefully we'll get together again real soon."

I am starting a new blog for Italy, bookmark it: Mediterranean Central

1 comment:

Tom said...

Good luck in Italy. It's a great place. Too bad you couldn't make it back to Chicago! We miss you here too.