It has been a challenge to keep the excitement up for such a long-anticipated trip. In previous years, I have not spent to much time in preparation as I have for the trip to Japan in twenty days and it still feels like there is much to be done. Starting this daily blogging nearly 100 days ago, keeping up with daily Duolingo and Drops, and planning the details of the trip has been fun and challenging. Here, on the final stretch – like in the buildup to a marathon – it is time to celebrate. All the hard work and preparation gives way to enjoying whatever happens and experiencing the journey in the fullest way possible.