Saturday, March 30, 2013

Train Ride to America

Through the kids modeling, we've met some great kids whose parents serve in the military.  My guess is that over 50% of the international models in Tokyo are military kids.  People often just assume we're with the military.  It takes the families 1 to 1 1/2 hours just to get into Tokyo for auditions and photo shoots.  Pretty sure we wouldn't be doing the modeling thing if I had to travel that far.

Anyways, today we took a train ride out to visit our friends the Hensons at Yokota Air Force Base which is about an hour and half from our apartment.  Logan has done quite a few photo shoots with their daughter Riley.

It was such a weird feeling being on base...first thing we ate lunch at Chilis!  I've been missing it a ton. Then they took us shopping at the commissary.  Cereal was only $1.99 for a huge box!!! We bought some Froot Loops and Raisin Bran which we can't even buy in Tokyo. I also bought some other baking supplies that I can't get in Tokyo or are insanely priced - blueberry pie filling, marshmallow creme, bakers chocolate.  It felt like we were back shopping at Safeway in California, only with cheaper prices. Since we only brought one backpack and an umbrella stroller, we were pretty limited to how much we could buy...but next time I'm totally bringing an empty suitcase. lol

After shopping we went to the movie theater to see The Croods.  It only cost $16 for our entire family to see the movie!  We haven't even been to the movies since moving to Japan because it cost $18 for ONE ticket.

We were going to head home, but then Kurt noticed they had a Taco Bell (also not found in Japan) we stayed for dinner too. :)

We had a great time with the Hensons and will have to go back and play (and shop!) soon.  It was great being back in America...even just for a day.

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