Monday, March 06, 2006

same same but not different

Foreign Familiarity

Back in Niseko for a second round of snowboarding and I'm stunned at how normal everything feels. I remember last year how the Japanese culture broke my head apart. Then in February, my head was blown apart by the culture and the quality of the snow. And now, this time it all feels so ordinary and same same.

The flights were all the same time (although we did leave from the new Adelaide terminal)
The flight numbers were all the same (JL778)
The plane from Sydney to Kansai was the exact same plane (747)
We sat in the exact same seats (28K)
Watched the exact same movie (Zorro)
Stayed in the same hotel (not the same room, but seeing how the decor doesn't differ from room to room, it felt the same)
Caught the same plane from Kansai to Sapporo
Same bus from Sapporo to Niseko
Same conversations with random Australians (were do you go snowing back in oz? you wont believe how good it is here)

But this familiarity isn't all bad. The manager of the place we stay at was very pleased to see us again. Kimiko is very motherly, so Luke and I brought her some koala shaped chocolates and snake shaped jubes.

We walked in to Abucha, a local Izakiya restaurant, and the staff were very Happy to see us and were genuinely interested in our adventures since the last time we were in town.

the snow, while theres less of it, is still great.

And I know that in under two weeks I'll be meeting up with Pippa in Shanghai. This is furher proof that comfort and adventure don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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