Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The view from my classroom

So far, I barely have time to think, let alone blog. But here's the sunset view from my new classroom. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not in Hokkaido anymore

This morning, my new coworker and I went to the station and met a Westgate employee who took us around for city registration and banking things.

We had to make a transfer at Motoyama Station. When we got off our subway, we found ourselves in a huge crowd of people. The people filled up the platform, and we didn’t really move. I was kind of confused. What, are we waiting for a speech or something? Every once in a while, we would creep forward a little. Based on where we were standing in the crowd, the elevator was our way up to the 3rd floor. When we finally got in the elevator, I thought we were free from the crowd. But when we got off the elevator, this is what we saw:



I don’t think it will be like this everyday. Nagoya Station flooded today, and I think that’s what caused the backup at Motoyama Station.

It was an interesting start to commuting in Nagoya!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


When you return home, you say tadaima when you come in. I’m in my new tiny apartment in Nagoya, and it’s just about time for me to go to bed. Here’s a quick peek at my house!

Here’s what you see when you come in the door. The kitchen, bathroom, and laundry are all here.


And here’s the main living area. More details and pictures to come!


Thoughts at the beginning of the long flight

11:54 LA time: Boy was I surprised when I followed the other international travelers to a bus. 

Must be some speedy bus! 
Here we are, stopping for a plane to pass. 
We drove way, way out to a row of baby terminals. We all got off the bus, went into the baby terminal, and got on the plane. 

It's so much fun to hear Japanese again!

To tell you the truth, our plane from Dallas to LA was nicer than this plane. It was actually a great flight! Should be interesting to see how this one goes!

Up in the sky

It's a bird! It's a plane!
No, it's moi!
OK, I'm in a plane, if you want to get technical. But I can use the internet. How cool is that?

I am easily amused. 

But, I can't add many pictures, because I'm kind of stuck in one place. 
Hi, friends. 

Well, if anyone wants to chat in the near future, I'll be here! Heeheehee

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Greetings from Dallas

Leaving was a little rough this morning. Not only was it hard to say goodbye, but so many things seemed to go wrong. My backpack got soaked. I couldn't find my boarding passes. My suitcase zipper broke at the airport, and it wasn't even the suitcase with the broken off wheel. 

But, we finally made it. Check out the beautiful Dallas sky. 

Now, I'm eating an incredibly overpriced breakfast of a latte and Greek yogurt parfait. 

And that is what I want to talk to you about. What is the deal with Greek yogurt? It seems to have come to prominence while I was in Japan. I've tried it a few times, but I can't shake the feeling that I'm dipping my spoon into sour cream. 

It wasn't very sweet, which left me feeling  like I was eating sour cream. I choked some down (did I mention that it gets kind of stuck in your mouth like peanut butter?

Quickly, I gave up and decided to sweeten it. 
Adding sugar to a yogurt parfait seems wrong!

Even stirring it is hard work. 

It's taken me some time, but I think I've finally decided that fad or no fad, I'm not really a Greek yogurt fan. 
It's definitely not the worst thing ever (and would taste better if it were cheaper). I just don't understand the fuss. 
How about a side of ham to go with that yogurt?

Good night, Mississippi

In case you are just joining us, there are four new posts (besides this) and one from Monday. Just feeling a touch nostalgic as departure looms.