Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mayflower House

This trip is accomplishing several goals for me.  
  1. I get some time off to recharge my batteries.
  2. I get to find out what it’s like to live in another country.  I’ve been tourist in a lot of places, but I’m really living here.  
  3. I get to learn Japanese
  4. I get to relive my college dorm experience

I have this reoccurring dream where I’m back at Rice, living in the dorms.  It’s usually a super happy dream because I’m surrounded by all my friends and everyone is in the same age group with similar experiences and similar goals.  Sometimes my dream gets weird and I start to question why a 30 year old is living in a college dorm or maybe I freak out about some class that I seem to have missed for an entire semester, but mostly, it’s a good dream.  I really miss the whole dorm experience.  I enjoyed having tons of friends to hang out with all the time.  I’m blanking out all the hard work, stressing over tests, and 100’s of hours in the lab, but I chose those things so now I’m choosing to remember the good times.  College was a ton of work, and I was ready to leave, but I miss it.  So, since I’m essentially living in a dorm, I’m taking full advantage of our awesome lobby.  I love running into people, hanging out, having interesting conversations, watching crazy Japanese TV shows, and spontaneously deciding to head out to a few bars.  I get to live my reoccurring dream, and it’s a lot of fun.

If you’re curious about the Mayflower House, there are thirty singles and a six person dorm room.  Two of the singles are unoccupied and there are currently only two people in the dorm room so there are thirty people living here.  Of those people I think there are:
9 Japanese People
5 Americans
4 English People
3 Australians
2 Canadians
2 Italians
1 Pakistani
1 Filipino
1 French Person
1 Romanian
1 Peruvian

These numbers probably aren’t completely correct, but close.  Not sure why I felt compelled to figure them out.


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