Sunday 28 February 2016

Athens, but not in Greece

Athens: カタカナ表記は アセンズ です。出張中の9週間、この町が拠点になります。

Athens, TN. It's a small city on the east of Tennessee map. About 1hr drive from Knoxville. Walking around downtown, hoping to find a cafe but the last one had just closed its business. A line from the movie "What's eating Gilbert Grape" constantly ringing my head, "Endora..."

Someone spotted me and said "Is that a camera?" An old guy smoking just outside of United Wholesale Discount. "Take a picture." It's funny but it was not the first time someone asked me to take his photo. Never happened in Japan but did in Australia. And all of them looked same...

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Follow me. ... Really?


It is already my 10th day in the US. Jet lag didn’t get me until day 3 or 4. When I was about getting over the jet lag, I started having this fever which almost half of my colleagues are suffering.
My very first US experience started from Detroit Airport. We had 2hrs delay on connecting flight due to the record cold weather. By the time I got to my hotel room in Athens, it was already past 1:00am.

Having been in America for the very first time, I was giving a car and had to follow the Japanese guy who came to meet me at the Knoxville Airport. Driving in the US right after landing… interesting experience.