is the world excited about Obama?

I can't speak for all of the world, but the answer here in rural Japan is a resounding yes. Throughout the election time I heard lots of "Yes we can" from the students, but since the inauguration it's been non-stop. On the day I was congratulated by everyone, especially the students. They almost all also said something along the lines of "オバマがかっこいいね。" (Obama is pretty cool, huh?). But basically everyone has made at least some sort of passing comment. I really don't think it's just because I'm American though - they seem genuinely excited.

I don't know if it's his super-stardom stretching across the world, or it's just Japanese media hype, or what. It's interesting though, it's definitely interesting.

In other news, that was a fast 7 weeks! It all went well. Had fun with friends and family and am now back in the relative normalcy of life. Working hard, running hard (marathon is coming up quick!) and having fun.

I have big blog worthy news, but don't feel it's internet ready until after next Friday. So, look forward to that... if anyone still reads this!