Waiting for Slow Cargo Ships 低速貨物船待ち

Before I moved home to Oregon, I shipped home all the books that I collected while in Japan. The woman at the post office told me it would take one to three months for them to arrive. This is a long time, but sending them by slow ship saved me more than $1000USD, compared to going with FedEx, etc. That’s me I guess, always trying to save a buck… After I sent them, I checked the tracking number online just about every day, wondering if they would EVER arrive.

And here we are, today, almost two months later.

My books arrived!! Well, two out of three boxes did anyway. When I inquired with the employee at my neighborhood post office, she put me at ease by saying, “Oh, that’s normal. The last box should be here by next week.”

One thing that I am extremely happy about is that the most important book (my personal treasure) arrived with today’s delivery. I even made my parents hold it and pose for a picture…

All right, now I’m really ready to get down to business with my writing!

(I just hope that last box arrives without a hitch…)

オレゴン州に帰る前に、日本で集めた本の全てを船便で国へ送りました。日本郵便のおばさんによると1ヶ月〜3ヶ月かかると。とても時間がかかりますが、船便はFedExなどより10万円以上安かった。ちょっとお得しょうと思って。送った後、まだ届かんかいなぁと心配しながら、ほとんど毎日インターネットで問い合わせ番号をチェック。

そして今日、ほぼ2ヶ月後。

本が届きましたよ〜!というより、3箱の中の2が届いた。近所の郵便局のおばさんに聞いてみたら「それは普通わよ。もう1箱は来週までに届くでしょう」とは言って安心させていただいた。

とても嬉しいことに、一番大事な本(僕の宝物)が今日の配達に入っていました。親にその本を持たせて写真まで撮っちゃいました。

よっしゃ、これからちゃんと論文を書けるぞ〜。

(もう1箱が無事に届きますように…)

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