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18 April 2007 @ 03:31 pm
This is what it SHOULD look like outside. It's spring, not winter, right?? And yet again, for the third day in a row it's nearly freezing. Rainy and cold!! A few days ago, I put away all of my winter clothes on the assumption that several months late, spring was finally here! But apparently I assumed wrong. I've been hearing about similar weather problems in other parts of the world. Man, something is seriously wrong *puts on The Day After Tomorrow*. I thought that we were supposed to start feeling the effects of global warming nowadays? I guess.... not. 

I really, really hate the cold. I like rain, but only as long as it's warm enough to go outside and play in it. Or when it's beautiful and you can sit and watch it in the window. But it's too cold to sit anywhere near the window, and even with my heater all the way up yet again, it's still freezing in here. I'm not really happy with the environment recently. I wish that it would hurry up and turn this latitude into a tropical climate already. I wonder how long that will take.. (hope that I'm alive when it happens!)

So, I'm kind of in a bad mood recently. Being cold and rainy and me generally not having any money, I haven't been able to get out and enjoy myself. I've read several books in the last few days, and tried to draw a number of times, but I just wasn't feeling it. I'm too pent-up! I made plans to go out today with a friend, but they're cancelled because the weather is yet again terrible... And on top of that I have to go to some meetings for work on Friday which I am not looking forward to. It's weeks until that job starts again, so I don't like being forced to think about it right now. I do have a meeting for a new very parttime job though, tomorrow morning, which sounds really interesting. I think that I'll really get along with the people there, and I'm going to use the money from it to save up for my trip to Italy this summer!!

Um, I've also been thinking about this for a while, and I really wonder if anyone has any suggestions. I want to volunteer somewhere in Africa (some small village, I'm not too picky) this summer, for maybe about 2 weeks or so. Does anyone have any recommendations of an organization to work through? I looked around on the internet quite a bit, but I don't know anything about any of the groups, so I'm not sure if they're legit or not... and honestly, I am not willing to pay money to a companydo it. I don't understand... I mean, I understand paying for my own food and plane ticket there, but shelter and whatever else should all be free. I am, afterall, there to volunteer my time for them, to help people. But every volunteer agency that I look at charges HUGE amounts of money to VOLUNTEER and I can't figure out what that's for. And I'm not talking a small amount. For one week, it was anywhere from $700-3000 not including food and plane ticket. Um, no. I don't understand paying money. Donations are one thing, but I can't afford that so I want to help out personally and hopefully have a really great experience doing it.

I've just been feeling really worldly,  I guess you could say, this week. And maybe claustrophobic. And sentimental. What happened in Virginia a few days ago was terrible. My heart goes out to the people who lost someone that they loved in that shooting. America should outlaw guns, they really, really should (and so should the rest of the world).
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 18th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
When Eda came back from America, we were talking about travelling in the summer and at the exact same time we said, "I want to go to Italy." LOL it was so funny! One of the plusses of the trip was to lose weight, I thought, lol. I wouldn't be able to eat anything, it would be great! =D Though honestly, recently I've been wanting to try italian food to see if I can find some that I like. I'm sure that there is more than tomato pastas and alfredo sauces and tomatoey pizzas to italian food! I was hoping to do it while you are there, but the only time that we can go is during the summer.. But maybe it will be while you're still there! ^^ Only for about a week or so, I think.

India to volunteer? That might be really interesting! I'm also planning a trip to Egypt this summer, as long as I can find someone to go with me. I found some packages that are really cheap.
美夢: Kawaiiii_miyuchan_ on April 18th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not really sure of when I'll be able to come to Japan, I was thinking about the middle of July (because of my keitai mobile phone that expires if I don't recharge it on the 15th of July) The maximum I can wait is around thr 20th of July, because then, from the 21st, the ticket prices become expensive due to high season.

Egypt? You know what, I'd avoid for a while those places, they are not very safe.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 21st, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
Why is Egypt not safe right now? I don't understand, it seems perfectly safe to me. Much safer than America, in any case..
美夢: Jam *_*_miyuchan_ on April 21st, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Here in Italy they've been recommending us to avoid any country where there might be tension due to the problems linked to Middle East, Egypt included, I've seen attacks everywhere, I wouldn't recommend you to go there.
It might be that, being in Japan, you're not completely aware of the situation of those places (japanese news tend to report things only when they are really big or catastrophic but there is a lot they've been ignoring to report)
I wouldn't go visit Egypt right now, even though I like it as a country I don't think it's safe.
Patricktallanvor on April 18th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Nope, nothing more to Italian food! ;) Well, maybe something, but Italy without tomatoes? Surely you jest!

Oh, and Switzerland has the spring weather. They've got the warm weather over a month earlier than they should have. --Most of Europe, I think.