Finally… Relief! 3


I am writing this blog entry sitting on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) out of Tokyo. I know that a lot of you were concerned for my safety. Thank you for all of the messages, prayers and words of safe passage.

I made it.

In exactly one hour and forty three minutes the train will pull into Nagoya, some 260 kilometres south west of Tokyo, putting more space between myself and the nuclear disaster on the coast. As the monolithic Mount Fuji passes by my window, I am feeling safer by the second.

Being in the middle of the earthquake was terrifying and very stressful, but that was manageable stress. As the news broke regarding the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, I became obsessed with finding out all I could. Where exactly is the power station in relation to where I am? What direction is the wind blowing? What are the current radiation levels? I would refresh the various news and information websites constantly to find out any new developments. This was definitely not manageable stress. I was worried like never before in my life and felt a real sense of physical danger.

Being a fan of all things scientific, I know that radiation poisoning is a horrible thing and I do hope they get the situation under control. I can’t think of a more horrible way to go.

My heart goes out to all those that perished and are displaced by the devastation of the earthquake and tsunamis. I was one of the lucky ones that only saw the horrible devastation on the television and for that I am thankful.

As the Shinkansen speeds up to more than 250 km/hour, I get further by the second from the most nerve racking three days of my entire life. I finally feel a sense of relative safety and can put my mind at ease.

Boarding the Shinkansen out of Tokyo

Boarding the Shinkansen out of Tokyo

Enjoying an Ice Coffee and my View from the Train

Enjoying an Ice Coffee and my View from the Train


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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3 thoughts on “Finally… Relief!

  • masaya@shinjyuku-tokyo

    hi.
    I’m glad to see the photograph of this Mt. Fuji.
    You got on the Shinkansen safely and arrived at Nagoya.
    In Tokyo, a small earthquake still continues every day.
    and I’m slightly fierce about radioactivity ;)
    Andrew,you please stay safe.