Kyoto: Sunday! Scott's a coming!
I have managed to kill hours and hours writing this at work.
Renee and I woke up around 7ish. Each of us, in our individuals beds, went through our small yawns, stretches, and the things that simply must be done in the morning to gain your bearings. Renee slipped off the end of her bed and proceeded to do the cow and cat stretches as I pulled my knees to my chest and rocked back and forth.
"Good. You wake up slowly." Renee remarked approvingly.
I'm not a morning person. I'm not an oversleeper, I can get up and move toward a goal, but I'm not going to expend extra energy while I do it. Everything gets stripped down in the morning.
At some point, in middle school or high school, a friend of mine was having a bad spot with her family and stayed with Dean Mommy and me for a few days during a school week. We were prepared to make some changes so that she'd feel at home, including buying sugary breakfast cereals. Dean Mommy felt the need to prepare her for our lack-of-language on weekday mornings. The night before, Dean Mommy explained that we really don't do morning conversation and that it wouldn't be anything personal. The next morning we woke and all converged on the
breakfast table. My friend started conversing with us, and we made non-comital grunts back...and continued to until she remarked "you were serious about not talking!"...and we nodded, silently.
Renee is slightly more talkative than I am in the morning, but that's just because she seems to be able to navigate whole sentences with a modest rate of success. My sentences in the morning are more along the lines of:
"So.....breakfast and then we'll....pack and...` corporate coffee?"
The night before we'd decided to get whatever hotel buffet breakfast was on offer. Both of us need and expect a certain level of protein, calories, and complexity in our morning food. If we don't get it we crash midmorning and become confused and disoriented.
Dean Mommy and I are big fans of hotel breakfast buffets while in Asia. Hotel breakfasts offer the path of least resistance in the goal of getting complex calories and simple coffee first thing in the morning. The coffee isn't good coffee, but it give you the power to obtain more coffee. Our use of hotel breakfasts is restricted to Asia. Asia has different ideas from the western world about what makes a breakfast. If you search out breakfast in Japan, toast and a small salad or fish, rice, natto, and nori is what you'll find outside of a hotel...that isn't worth the effort of non-fueled mobility....you can't compare that to huevos rancheros. In Thailand you'll get more fruits, but you'll also have plenty of fruits in-hotel. In Cambodia and Vietnam I've never stayed in a place large enough for a buffet in those locals, guest houses usually serve fruits, baguettes, and butter. It makes sense to eat in your guest house the first few days and scout for other locations in the day.... Cambodia has tasty eggs and are not afraid to eat them for breakfast! Vietnam has Vietnamese coffee.....mmmmm...
In North America and the UK the breakfasts are well worth leaving the hotel for. I can picture some of the breakfasts I had in Mexico 2 years ago...no problem... I plan to gain at least 3 pounds in western breakfasts this September while on the west coast.
I have vague memories of the French thinking that a little chocolately coffee and cookie/biscuit is breakfast...they make up for it with the lunches and dinners but it is hard at first. If you're staying with a French family you can always scrounge...they don't lack for food and they'll just chalk it up to crude American snack-nature/weaknesses..