Sitting in the airport this morning I have that feeling you get when you’ve forgotten something. Last night, instead of packing, I went out for dinner and to see the new Terminator movie. By the time I got home I was tired, grumpy, and had a dull throbbing headache. I just hope my camera lead is the only thing I’ve forgotten. (I do realise that very few things are essential for travel but I hate re-buying things because I was stupid and left them at home.)
The journey to the airport is more annoying than I expected it to be. I like the fact that our new apartment is closer to the airport but it still involves at least 20 minutes of walking and a couple of trains. Walking through a packed Ueno station with luggage is not a pleasant way to start the day.
Japanese trains are clean and air conditioned so once I hauled my luggage into the train I was looking forward to relaxing for an hour. When I found my reserved seat someone was already sitting on it. This lead to a strange conversation where I showed a Japanese man how to read his train ticket. A year ago I would have assumed that I was in the wrong place but now I’m fairly sure I can read a ticket.
Everything went smoothly at the airport until I tried to find the ANA lounge. I think I’m just tired as I had difficulty understanding the directions I was given. I did find it eventually. I should really aim to get more than 4 hours sleep the night before I travel. Maybe then my brain would function better.