Thanks to the miracles of modern travel, today I will be launched 13 hours into the future as I travel from Belfast, Maine to Tokyo, Japan.
The pre-launch is a short flight from Portland, ME to JFK, and a 6 hour layover in JFK. Then, at 6 pm (perhaps I should get used to calling it 18H), I and my All Nippon Airways (ANA) comrades will begin the 14 hour odyssey from JFK to Narita Airport in Tokyo.
As the ‘salaryman’ might say as he heads out to work: “いってきます！” (I’m going!)
Here’s to an summer filled with adventure, new friends, good food, and lots of learning.