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September 15th, 2007 (03:13 pm)
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current mood: hungry

...I sometimes hate travelling. ^^;; I don't mind going places (of course not!), but ever since the changes in travel regs came into place, keeping track of the yeas and nays for baggage has become annoying. ^^; Thankfully, a quick check tells me that most likely the things you'd need for a standard weekend or short trip away should now be permissible in carry-on luggage. ^_^ The bad thing is how long it took to read through various pages before finding a nice list. >.>

Quick question for people either from Toronto or who are familiar with the area: how easy is it to get to York University (4700 Keele Street) either from around the airport or from downtown? I'm thinking about possibly heading over there to take the JLPT but am not certain. I've already checked Vancouver's location and it's right downtown, so I'd only need to worry about getting a taxi to and from the airport (possibly with a side trip to Yaohan). I'm not even bothering to look at Edmonton. :P (Edmonton in December? Natch!) Of course, if I do sign up for the test, I guess that'll mean I have to study. ^^;; Kanji and I have a fleeting acquaintance a la "if you want to read this book, you need to know what I am". Radicals and context are *so* helpful in that sense, but I don't think the exam would be quite so kind. ^^;

Otherwise... M1 (knitting shop) has organised this group for next year and it has me a bit intrigued, but I'm not sure how likely I am to actually follow along and work on things. >.> It could be fun, but... It's a big question of how much I'd actually do things. ^^;

Oh well. Time to read through the application stuffs for the JLPT and then try finishing some stuff up. :P


Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: September 15th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Arashi hidden (dragonicons)

Toronto! *envies trip to Toronto* *envies that Ginny would get to meet you*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: September 15th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)

me too!!! *wants to meet Shadow-san...someday* :D

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: September 15th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
In which Ginny is good and honest and tells the truth…
Toronto - Stained by this town

… although it will make Toronto look less good than Vancouver. :/

York is gross to get to from the airport by transit. You could take the express buss to Kipling, then the train to Keele and then a bus up. I guess that's actually not so bad, especially if you're going at a time that the express bus to York would be running (morning or evening rush hour during the week). And there'd be tea with Ginny before or after, of course. ^_^

(The list you found, is it the one on the CATSA website? That's the one I always use. I frustrates me that that list says knitting needles are fine and the airport signs say to check that. A tip: if you're packing knitting on circs and they're metal (e.g. Addis), they'll look strange enough on the scanner that they'll check it out. However, after they've seen what they are, I've always been okay bringing them on the plane. If you're concerned, use bamboo needles.)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: September 15th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Make your own rules

I've been missing lace knitting for a while now - too many socks & other stockinette-based knitting (in the little bit of knitting I've been able to do with all this stupid typing :/). I'll have to knit some lace soon!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 16th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: In which Ginny is good and honest and tells the truth…

Thanks for the info! ^_^ I take it that getting there's pretty straightforward from the downtown then? If I do go that way instead of Vancouver, tea would be a definite. ^_^

That's the list. I was wandering around lost on AC's site for some time before finally going straight to the source. Thanks for the tip about circs. Thankfully, metal needles are a rarity here as FSU especially has problems handling metal needles (causes joint pain).

Hope the typing's going well. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: September 17th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
Re: In which Ginny is good and honest and tells the truth…
Yuki & Ayame

Getting there's fairly straightforward, yes, just not a short trip. From downtown, there're also busses from Finch, Sheppard and Wilson stations.

Metal needles cause joint pain? I didn't know. *files away*

Typing's going well, yep, thanks. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 19th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: In which Ginny is good and honest and tells the truth…

Eww, I was afraid it might be a longish trip. >.< Thanks for the clarification. ^_^

FSU's sensitive to nickel, so she ends up having bad joint pain when she uses them. (We do have some metal needles here, but the vast majority are anything but.) I'm not so bad, but I do end up with a mild ache after an hour or so. Your mileage may vary depending on how sensitive you are to nickel. ^_^

Posted by: Who do you say I am? (jesse_dylan)
Posted at: September 18th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)

I'm actually considering taking the the test in hated Edmonton. :) I live in North Dakota (US), so it can't possibly be colder than here, and it's the closest test site to me, amusingly enough. Why do they schedule it in December anyway? Seems odd. I'd prefer, say, June.

The next closest would be Chicago, and I'd really prefer not to go there. :) I'd much rather go somewhere in Canada. Toronto would be awesome, but it's a lot farther.


I was just searching "JLPT Edmonton" and wound up here. :) There was actually a hit for my journal as well, even though I removed the entry about wanting to take the test in Edmonton and the JLPT in general. Odd!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 19th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)

*laughs* Poor "Deadmonton". :P I have to admit, it seems a bit weird for it to be the closest test centre for someone in the US considering how far north it is. ^^;

I'm figuring that if I have to travel to go and take the test, I might as well go somewhere where I can/want to do something at the same time and make it worthwhile. I'm not planning on doing a one day in and out since that can be pretty tiring. (For me to do that with Toronto would require taking the red-eye flight and leaving for the airport shortly after the test finished. Definitely not fun.)

O_O I have to admit, I wouldn't have expected anyone to end up here from that search. Definitely weird. ^^;

Cheers and good luck if you take the exam! ^_^

Posted by: Who do you say I am? (jesse_dylan)
Posted at: September 19th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)

Well, I'm pretty far north myself. :) I'm right at the center of North America, if you can picture that, so it's closer to Edmonton than to Chicago (the nearest US city, and a frightful one at that).

Edmonton does have that big mall and stuff. :) heh It's way cooler than where I live, I promise!!

I'd really like to go to Toronto or Vancouver. I'm probably stuck with Chicago (can't even go to Edmonton) since I don't have my passport yet. They just began requiring them to cross the border, so absolutely everyone is applying, and they're completely backed up. :( I don't know if even a rush job will make it in time. Plus we have to register by October 14th or so, don't we? Sigh.

Good luck to you as well! We'll definitely pass!

Posted by: Who do you say I am? (jesse_dylan)
Posted at: September 20th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)

Hey there, listen. I am reading something right now that I find desperately hilarious, and I can't think of anyone I know to share it with. However, you will get it, and you may also find it hilarious.

If you've never been there, there is a website called www.gaijinsmash.net. The whole thing is wonderful and hilarious, but there is a particular entry about the JLPT. I'm dying over here.


If you haven't read it, I really recommend it. Useful advice, plus it about made me poop my pants I was laughing so hard.

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