Today I miss Japan terribly and I can only blame myself for it. Wanderlust has always been part of my life but it’s gotten worse these past few days. My sleep pattern is in shreds, I have trouble focusing on anything and I spend too much time searching for ways to leave. And weather in Poland doesn’t make my life any easier: it’s 17 Celsius below zero at the moment and the temperature is still dropping. No soothing walks for me.
So, to make myself feel better, I spent half of today going through the photos from my visit in Japan last May. Terrible idea! Made me even more miserable. What I would give to be there now…
Especially as I have no idea when I’ll be able to leave Poland for longer than a week and my next trip is to Scotland, not Tokyo. I should be booking my flight ticket to Glasgow, not trying to find some conferences abroad or Japan-based exchange program for academics.
Well, tbh what I really SHOULD be doing is preparing for teaching uni students as the winter break is almost over, but when the Wanderlust hits me that hard it’s difficult to sit in one place for longer than one hour. So my first class might look a bit like that (minus yellow tentacles):
I have a shitload of work to do and have been drinking all kinds of caffeinated drinks for days so I probably shouldn’t be surprised that this combination of work overload and sleep deprivation finally managed to awake my wanderlust. Which means I’m even more miserable because I don’t have time to leave my apartment for more than an hour a day. And that’s just not enough!
Today I finally caved and went for a longer walk (which reminded me so much of my midnight walks in London and Tokyo!). It was either that or going to sleep and I have too much work to even think about sleeping for next 36 hours.
I was rather pleasantly surprised by the weather: there was no icing and temperature was around ten degrees Celsius which is quite hot for December in Poland. I recorded the video below just four days ago:
▲ This is how Polish usually winter looks like. ▼ I’m not gonna complain about it yet, but I hope in about a week or so there’ll be more snow. At least that much:
BTW, anyone recognizes what I was listening to while recording the snow? How about a small hint? 😉
I was going to post a long(ish) note about some rather disturbing things happening all over the world this year. But I’m not going to, because today I woke up to find out that Ron Glass passed away. I’ve seen (and heard) him in many productions but to me he will always be Shepherd Book. He brought a great character to life and meant more to Firefly&Serenity fandom that he would ever know. He’ll be missed.
Just came back from a short jog through the streets of Tokyo after a typhoon (#16). It’s not raining anymore and temperature is perfect (somewhere between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius). Loved every second of it. It’s so quiet and peaceful outside and I really needed a break (listening on repeat to that made me wanna go on some quest instead of finishing my work).
I should’ve taken a photo of empty streets. Instead I can only post a photo of my poor shoes.
(Earlier today the same typhoon forced me to buy an umbrella – felt like admitting defeat but it was either that or getting drenched to the skin.)