Today I am flying from Chicago to Philadelphia. It has been three months since I was last in the lovely old city. I have a mixed feeling about going back there, but I will spend just one night before heading south to Washington to get settled there for nearly a year.

Living in DC will be an enormous challenge for me, at least for the first week. Housing search has been quite difficult, and although I am staying at a friend's house, I expect a far worse conditions than I have been put in the last few days (i.e., staying at a cheap youth hostel). But again, with the usual spirit of courage and confidence, I will do my best to manage every challenge to come. I believe once I get in DC I will have access to writing in Japanese here. So I hope this will be the last time that I type English in this blog.