Things are slowly advancing, I managed to submit Visa application last week!
Although Belgium is trying everything to mess with my plans. First, I had to work on that day, so I had to leave earlier from my job to have any chance to get there in the opening hours.
Then the trains were delayed because of a bomb alert at the Leuven station. Then the train company’s IT system collapsed in Brussels.
When I arrived to the Japanese Embassy after some running they told me that the photos I brought are not acceptable because they look like the one on my ID, which means they are older then 6 months and thats not good. I need new ones. Closest photo machine is a train stop or a metro stop away… Train and metro in a 5-10 min walk/run. I managed to find it in at the next metro stop and made new ID photos and payed more then I was supposed to because the photo machine did not have change. Then running back to be in time… 20 min before closing I managed to submit everything and could head home.
I only needed to wait some 15-20 minutes in the metro because that had to stop for some tine too for some reason. Somehow I managed to get back to Leuven safe with a promise for a Visa.
Going to pick it up this Wednesday… I hope all went alright!
Two weeks ago I had the chance to practice in the White Rose Kyudojo. They are an amazing group with very good teachers and good team spirit. I had a crash course for the taihai (form).
Last weekend I was lucky to meet Matsuo sensei and three students (Masaki san, Tsubasa san, Takahiro san) from IBU. I am very grateful for the possibility and I am glad there will be already three students I know already.
I managed to chat in Japanese, and altough it is faaaaaar from a normal conversation, it is definitely a start and a base I can build up on. It was reassuring 🙂
Thank you all who were there and all of you who were with me in spirit, supporting me on my journey.