Today we started getting ready to go back to Sweden. We have another two weeks left now and the return is closing in really fast.
The picture above is school material (books and paper hand-outs) from one year of study. If you subtract the big dictionary in the middle on the left stack at least. Though what is in the picture is for two people (both mine and Emmas stuff), it’s pretty damn much!
We have so much crap in fact that we’re going to have to send home 3 boxes full of it. Extra clothes, rice-cookers and books are going home in boxes. But it’s not as expensive at I once thought. You can send home 30kg of stuff for about 2000 SEK by plane or around 800 SEK by boat. The books alone would cost more than 2000 SEK to replace and I would want to replace them, so I think it’s worth it. And I think we’ll be sending home around 30kg including all the books (we’re just bringing home the books, not the papers).
Anyway, it feels really strange to go back home. I’ve become accustomed to living here and having 10-15 good, cheap restaurants within 500 meters at all time. But there are some things I’m pretty tired of. The apartment we live in is not really ment for living in longer than this, it’s getting pretty tiresome to not have enough space. I’m also aching to do something different than this school now, they treat you very much as a child and that’s getting extremely tiresome as well.
Getting back to Sweden will be a relief in some ways, but of course I’ll be extremely sad to leave Tokyo. It’s spectacularly wonderful city and if I could get a nice apartment and a non-japanese job I could absolutely see myself living here.
I will however not be in Sweden for more than 2 or 3 weeks once I get back. Almost as soon as I get home I’m leaving again for San Francisco. I will be working full-time for www.rightrental.com for a month and then get back to Sweden again in time to start the school-year. I’m very excited to see how it is to work in SF and meet all the awesome people there. Of course I’ll try to keep the blog filled to the brim with photos and videos!
Every time I think of leaving Tokyo I get extremely sad, but every time I think of arriving in Sweden I feel relieved. I wish I could bring the best from Sweden (family+friends, bread, cheese, candy, in that order) to Japan and everything would be perfect!