So. I get to the bus depot around 5:20, about 10 minutes before they open, and there’s this young guy there with two suitcases like me. It turns out he’s also a JET participant. Unfortunately, with all the flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba recently, the bus is delayed because of road closures and areas that are still flooded. Our bus was supposed to depart at 6:15 and departed around 9 instead. We made it to Edmonton around 3:30, just in time to catch the bus to Calgary. Which is also packed, and we were with about 20 other people needing to transfer. Fortunately, most of them weren’t heading to Calgary and missed their connections going elsewhere already. So they were shoved aside to be re-routed. In the end, there were 3 seats on the bus and 3 of us that needed seats! Lucky~.
But that’s not the end of it. We get on the plane a couple of days later, and we’re stuck on the tarmac for about 3 hours because one of the air conditioners is broken and they needed to fix it. We finally get up in the air and guess what? It’s not fixed. So we land in Vancouver before we all start suffocating due to lack of oxygen. They start getting a new plane ready for us, and that takes about 4 hours. In the end, we arrived at our hotel at about 1:30am, and we were supposed to arrive around 5 or so. We were semi-famous at orientation because of the delay.
Since me and the other JET from my city had both of these delays, I told him that one of us is cursed. He took the blame, and then said it was infectious. I joked that if there were delays departing from Tokyo to our placements that I would actually believe in the curse.
So, my group arrives in Sendai and one JET forgot his ipad on the shinkansen. What does he do? GETS BACK ON. Goodbye, sir. See you in an hour or two. Curse is real.
If anyone is a Hyogo JET, avoid the new Canadian JET from Saskatoon like the plague!