Not even a week ago I was in Tokyo, stressing about my finals. Now, I find myself back in my usual UCM tutorials, leading discussions and making problem statements. It’s a really weird feeling, rolling right back into life as I knew it in Maastricht. Mostly it’s good, seeing friends and family again and getting some of the food I’ve missed for six months. However, there are a few things I will miss about Japan – besides of course the friends I’ve made. An immediate example is the omnipresence of convenience stores and vending machines. If I want to get some food here, chances are that I will have to walk for 10 whole minutes, and after 8 the supermarkets are closed. It takes some getting used to that again.
Surprisingly, I also have to get used to cycling again. After 3 days already, my legs are sore from my casual bike rides around the city. On the other hand, I am glad that I’m no longer restricted to metro use.
All in all, it feels a bit double to be back. I’m still getting rid of my jetlag, and the speed with which everything is back to normal is almost creepy. Sometimes it seems like I have never been away. But for that purpose I brought along a huge stash of my favourite Japanese snacks. After those are finished, I guess I’ll find new ways to cope with life on this side of the globe.