I’ve always struggled with focusing on the negative events that happen in my life. I could hold on to and complain about an issue FOREVER. Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to change my mindset and look at the positive side to a bad situation. It is an ongoing process but being able to find the good in these recent travel incidents, are signs that it’s possible.
I was excited the Friday afternoon before a week vacation. I was headed to Osaka and Hawaii, got to leave work early, and was going to ride the famous Shinkansen (bullet train) for the first time. To save money, I figured I’d buy a non-reserved seat and sit once people got off at their stops. I don’t know why I thought that the Shinkansen (or what I now call the Shinkanstand) would have less of a crowd compared to the metro; especially on a Friday evening. I got on what seemed to be a short line of people and walked into one of the non-reserved cars. There were no seats available so we continued to walk down the aisle. The train began to move shortly after. “Okay, I can stand for just a few minutes until the next stop,” I thought. I ended up standing for 2 1/2 hours! The people sitting around me weren’t getting off. I wanted to go to a different car several times but there were long lines down the narrow aisles of each of them.
When someone finally got up, I rushed to the seat. It was in the middle and the woman sitting in the aisle was sleeping. I mumbled a quick “Sumimasen” (excuse me) before climbing over her and hitting her knees with my suitcase. I sat down and took a deep breath, relieved that I could relax. Literally 5 minutes later, I heard the dreaded music that plays when the next stop is coming up and realized it was mine. I’m going to buy reserved seating from now on.
•Osaka is a great city with so much to do and the vibe is different than Tokyo.
•I enjoyed staying at a capsule hotel for $60.
•I tried some delicious foods that are special to Osaka.
I arrived at Kansai International Airport for my flight to Hawaii around 5pm. It was set to leave at 7:30pm so timing was good. The line was long but I didn’t mind. I honestly thought about how proud I was about packing light for the first time. I thought wrong again. When I finally reached the check-in counter, the woman told me that my bag was overweight and couldn’t be carried on like I planned. I had to pay ¥6500 ($60) to check it in. She then told me that the lines were moving slowly so I should head to security ASAP. The line was ridiculous and by the time I got to immigration, my flight had already started to board. After a bit of a mix up with my forms, I ran towards a sign pointing to my gate number expecting it to be close, but saw a shuttle train instead. The shuttle came quickly and once I got off, I started to run to my gate again. Turns out, they hadn’t started boarding yet.
•I got a window seat by an exit so I had extra leg room and didn’t have to ask anyone to move when I wanted to get up.
•Hawaii is absolutely beautiful and the sunsets are surreal!
•I did more physical activities in one week than I have in my entire life lol
What crazy travel stories do you have? Leave a comment below!