Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
I'm already feeling a little nostalgic for my wild table/shelf bed in the sky.
By the way, the pile of bedding is clean stuff that I had to shove around so I could clean under it.
I'm also going to miss the remote-controlled heater!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Am I lost or not? Actually, I don't know. Sounds pretty strange, right? Maybe not, considering that many of my Nagoya weekends have been spent in a state of lostness.
It all started when I went to Starbucks this morning. The one I really like is about 15 minutes from my house. For the cost of a tiny coffee from a boutique cafe, I can get a big ol' drink at Starbucks. And they have wifi.
Well, I had a good time drinking coffee and working. But I started to feel like I'd been there too long, so I checked the internet for nearby libraries. There was one about 2K away, so I set off down the street.
A mountain?? I didn't know there was a mountain there!
I kept going. I found the landmark Cosmo, and then I found another one. Errrrrrr. Which one is my map landmark?
Then, I saw the distant spire of my university. Where was I?
I searched for the library, but I couldn't find it. I did find pretty flowers.
And I found a police station and a pretty tree.
But no library. Help.
I thought I was getting close, but I didn't know whether to turn left or right. Then, I saw an old man with a backpack. Many old people seem to enjoy libraries, so I decided to go his direction.
After about 5 minutes, I saw a sign for the library. Yay! Well, I saw the sign, but no library. Huh?
As I got closer to the sign, I saw the tiny arrow on top, pointing back the way I came 300 meters. Awww, come on!
The last time I visited a library in Nagoya, it was a bit of a letdown. This one looked better online, which is why I was searching.
I turned around and trudged back down the street. Finally! There it was!
I walked in, and it was tiny. There weren't really any places to sit and study. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
I decided to give up on my quest and go home. The problem was that I'd come so far that home was now REALLY FAR AWAY!
Remembering the spire, I decided to see if I could find a station on the university train line.
Well, it looked close.
As I was trudging, I saw a small cafe that looked really cute. The problem with trudging is that if you do it for ages, you tend to wear out. So I decided to stop and refresh myself on my journey.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It's my last week of classes.
How is that possible?
I thought I wouldn't feel sad this time, because I knew from the beginning that it would be a short semester.
But it has been a great semester! I've seen some of these students every day.
Well, I better get to work! It's going to be a good day, even if I am a little sad!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Step 1: Decide to get some work done.
Step 2: Go to Starbucks.
Step 3: Immediately log on to wifi. Sometimes this begins in line.
Step 4: Check social media sites.
Step 5: Force self to do some work.
Step 6: Repeat step 5 over and over.
Step 7: Consume too much caffeine and sugar.
Step 8: Regret overconsumption of caffeine and sugar.
Step 9: Look forward to the next Starbucks visit.
The silliest Starbucks moment for me was when I was traveling in October. I saw a Starbucks in the station and thought, "Ooh! I have to go before I head back!"
But then I remembered that I wasn't heading back to distant Wakkanai. I was heading back to Nagoya, where I can walk to Starbucks if I want. I felt a little silly!
Thanks for the wifi, Starbucks! It's been fun!