Another few photos from "hell"! We both turned into devils whilst in Beppu!
This trip to Japan has been a very different experience for me. When I lived here before, I was taken everywhere! Or at least followed other people everywhere. I was very much looked after and probably quite overwhelmed by everything I experienced! I know I have been to these places before but I have little to no recollection! I know it was a long time ago but it has all felt so new!
I also know more Japanese language and can speak to people. To be honest it feels easier and a little less magical! Maybe I know too much and now it is not as mysterious and strange?!
Maybe it is because I am older? Have I lost some of my child-like wonder?
Don't get me wrong, I am still having an amazing time, it just feels familiar and yet very different. 🎁My gift to you! Check out the link in my bio: Free resources, Japanese speaking community, speaking challenges and speaking support🎁
Hey fam, here’s a quick check in so you know I’m not dead. Japan has been quite a roller coaster so far, but I’m really having fun here and am adjusting well to my new life.
Teaching English has been busy and stressful, but incredibly rewarding, and I have an amazing group of coworkers who have treated me kindly since day one. I really feel at home at my school!
Living in Akita City has been an interesting combination of city life and small town vibes, especially in the area I live. Finding English speakers can often be very tough, but everyone is patient and very accommodating to me as I struggle through this new language.
The network of fellow ALTs here has been vital for my survival and sanity. Many like-minded individuals excited to explore Japan, as well as being outlets for each other when we need to vent to native English speakers. Truly an amazing group of business associates (frands??!?).
I’ll try to be better about posting now that I’m settled in. Be on the lookout for incoming Japanenanigans in the near future. 👀
4 9513 September, 2019
Ouch! How hot is too hot?
It was 29 degrees (C) when we were in Beppu but hotter standing near the Hells!Soooooo hot!
However, there was an outdoor foot spa to try! So we got a cold drink from the vending machine and got in the foot spa😅
It was so hot that even after I got out and walked away I could hear people talking about my red legs and could see the lines where the water had been 😂
Hello friends it’s me and I’m back from the dead (and by dead I mean jet lag lol) It’s been a time over here in Japan so far but here are just a few pictures of my journey so far! From hanging out with other JETs to giving presentations about America (and all the translation work, news interviews, and public appearances in between lol) this is shaping up to be a busy but fun job for me! I’ll keep sharing my adventures with you all☺️
Seoul is stinky 💩, snazzy 💸and scintillating🦚. I walked a ton and basically broke my back, but it’s the only way to see a city. I love meandering through strange streets, It’s like real life scrolling through pictures on SM: you gotta see what’s next. I honestly feel like I can go on for ages if it isn’t for being human I guess, with stupid physical conditions...
I’m still trying to figure out my traveling style. Anyone whose traveled with me will agree I go almost nonstop. I exhaust myself but I hate to admit it. There’s far too much to see and the pressure is added when there’s so little time. I wonder if it’s worth it to set a travel-takeaway goal, as in; what do you want to get from the trip? So far mine has always been just to experience this new place; but I’m afraid that’s not focused enough because it feels like I’m not quite getting everything I can out of the experience. I want an authentic experience and to understand the nuances of the new culture, but I’m not sure I’m quite getting there. Things like language barriers, cultural biases and the way money-making morphs authentic experience are huge impediments to step over on a short trip. It’s actually annoying how difficult it is. So how do you go from tourist to traveler ? How do you see a place without gravitating to the tourist hotspots that trap you into thinking “this is it”, because it’s not, there’s always soooo much more.....
My experience of Japan is much richer because I get to live and work here. Living in a new place is probably the answer and I hope to do that in more countries. But it’s the shorter trips that befog me...What do you think????????? #seoulsearching#seoulkorea#seoultravel#exploreseoul#seoulculture#jetprogramme#jetprogram#travelgram#exploreasia
Get yourself a 先生 that can do both! 🦄 I can’t believe I’m gonna be unicorn 5th year ALT. (Called such because 5th year ALTs are rare! 😊) Time has gone by so fast and it just keeps getting better and better! Here’s to an awesome unicorn year!