Kick-Starting at 6am and Driving in Matsuyama

I've opened my eyes  at 6am, everyday so far... filled from head to toe with the kind of energy that makes you want to tackle a whole country.  Contrast this to my usual morning routine in the U.S., where I'm rarely up before 8am and rarely do I have that kind of energy before two cups of coffee.

The day starts with a moment of quiet gratitude, in part thanks to the view that greets me, which gets me ready to check my email. Even though my day is just beginning, on your side of the world the day is ending and the typical maelstrom of email takes on new "leave no survivors / Category 5" levels. 

Morning view of the mountains, one side of the house.

Morning view of the mountains, one side of the house.

Morning view of the sea, other side of the house. Photo Credit: Clint Keepin.

Morning view of the sea, other side of the house. Photo Credit: Clint Keepin.

My office in Japan until April 1st.

My office in Japan until April 1st.

Being up that early leaves me lots of time to be productive. So, I learned to drive. Here's a few things about driving in Japan:

  • Driving on the opposite side takes time to get used to. My secret is just to follow the leader
  • A car horn is hardly ever used
  • Drivers follow the speed limits
  • Even busy traffic intersections can be relaxing 

I drove more in one morning just for fun than I usually do an entire week back home.  In addition to learning to drive, waking up at 6am allowed me to accomplish so much more before lunch:

  • Have breakfast
  • Walk around a city for 2 hours
  • Grab two cups of coffee
  • Do some grocery shopping
  • Have lunch