In between

The contract on my short-term apartment ended yesterday, and it’s my second night in a lovely hotel overlooking the Imperial Palace moat. I’m trying to find loopholes in the moat’s infrastructure so I can storm the palace gates before I leave, but I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do in a short amount of time. Not sure I can gather the necessary troops.

On Saturday afternoon, I return to Seoul and there is a lot of great that awaits me there. But first I will have a nice long run around that impenetrable palace moat, eat my Western Style Hotel Buffet breakfast, and take a walk around my neighborhood one last time. Perhaps a chocolate croissant at the patisserie on the corner for the plane.

And it won’t be right away that I miss this place. Going home will feel like a new and much-anticipated adventure. But slowly, surely, there will be a faint, familiar smell…a passing Japanese tourist…a subtle shift in the new way I relate to my old city. And I will know just how deeply Tokyo sunk its teeth in me.

I’ll be guest posting over at the very special habit throughout the month of October. Please come visit. Often!

2 Responses to “In between”

  1. claire says:

    oh tokyo. your teeth are still in me (after a decade :)

    storm that palace!

  2. Ann Mah says:

    I once stayed in a lovely hotel overlooking the Imperial Palace, too. And it was cherry blossom season. Every time I looked outside, there were flutters of the palest pink petals. Women dressed in kimonos. People picnicking far into the night under pale clouds of blossoms. And I fell in love.

    Hope you had a lovely trip!

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