Tomorrow is the last day of school and my work life in Japan. It simply does not feel real. Annette is here; the apartment is getting very empty; and the thank-you baking is nearly done and ready to be packaged for distribution at my schools.
Tuesday will be the final clean-up and removal of large items to the dump, friends who need them, or into the spare rooms of friends to keep for me until I return. Then, in the afternoon, we will be off to Shikoku to see the cherry blossoms at Konpira-zan and Ritsurin in Kagawa before starting the walk. (The trees are blooming so early this year!)
I slipped and fell into a stream while we were hiking yesterday, wrenching my left knee and getting some bruises on odd places on my legs. My knee is stiff today but I can stand and walk without much pain. (Putting weight on it to sit down, stand up, or take the stairs is when it complains.) Hopefully, with a couple more good night’s rest, it will be back to normal for the walk.