It’s weird, bordering to the insane to watch the Oscars normal time. At 8.30 pm the award cermony is over and I almost feel cheated. I’m left with an overwhelming “is this really it?” feeling. On the plus side I’m sitting glued to the telly watching the stars from the afterparties. It’s something Europe is sadly exempt from.
As with everything else I am torn between the “love it” and just down right “can’t stand it”. On the plus side (and I shall spare you from listing any cons this time) are diet pills galore (I just managed to buy Alli pills without someone checking my BMI), the cabs are dirt cheap (we’ve been circling the town for a mere 10 bucks), people are super friendly (can be a con too when there’s too much of the good) and the malls are unbeatable (shopping will take place between Tuesday and Friday).
I hesitate to add to this side of the list the slightly degenerated side to the city. It makes for a certain je ne sais quoi, something quite beautiful in all it’s decline. And with the long lines of people applying for jobs, walking billboards, drug addicts and drifters, there is life around every corner. People have a purpose, to live and survive. I don’t think I’ve felt survival mode so strongly since my earlier travels in Asia. And perhaps not even then. Perhaps I am just more aware of it…and it makes poetry to my mind.
We take a cab to Japan Town. I’m leading the way from memories going years back to my last visit. My husband is moody for reasons I know little to nothing of. Even though I am tempted to ask why I figure it’s better to leave him to it. I remain concentrated on Sebastian who in turn is pulling several consecutive temper tantrums.
We end up at a Japaneese terriyaki place. The food is good but slow. Slow food in all its glory but the time is porly chosen. My husband is not amused and Sebastian only stops crying when the chef starts showing off his party tricks. Even Reinout manage to put on a smile. I see a glimps of hope that the day might end up on a positive note after all.
Dinner at a fish and steak restaurant (the ambience made up for what the food lacked) we are back in our hotel room. I just pray I get a good night sleep. My jet lag is still not giving in…