Saturday, August 22, 2015

I'm alive!

Ahem. It's been a while since my last blog post, and there's a good reason. I got sick, and then I really wasn't doing much I could blog about. Reading and checking Facebook doesn't really make for thrilling copy. 

But, I'm feeling better and have been getting out and about some. 

Yesterday, the brother and I went out for coffee. 
Today, I made a serious breakfast. 
Yes, I ate on the floor. The brown stuff is homemade applesauce - yum! That's something I want to make in Japan, but apples are too expensive. Hmm. The only cheap fruit would be bananas, and bananasauce doesn't sound appetizing. 

Today I also went out shopping and was pretty successful. I'm really excited about my colorful Expo markers! We usually get red, black, and blue, but I always need more colors. 

In other news, here are some skies!
Now that I'm feeling better, I'm definitely enjoying my vacation more!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last night in Hokkaido

Well, we've come full circle. I'm back in Sapporo sleeping at the same hostel (sadly, it's much hotter now). 

The day started with pancakes in Teshio. 
And a 5 hour bus trip. 
Finally, we arrived. 
Went back to Odori park. 
Met a good friend!
Ate soup curry. 
And now I'm trying to sleep in the stuffiness. 

It's been fun, Hokkaido!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Here's something weird. One week from today, I'll be going to church in Mississippi. 
Here's another weird thing. One month from today, I'll be back in Japan and heading to my new home in Yokohama 

As for today, it was a lovely Sunday. I can't believe I head back to Sapporo tomorrow!

In other news, I have introduced Hanabi to 3 out of 4 of my host families. 

And, I must go to bed! 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wakkanai to Teshio

Well, here we are on day 25, I think. It's hard to keep track!

I got up early this morning and went to Banka, my favorite coffee shop. I wanted to see the owner, but still come back in time for games before my train at 10:56. 
The owner was surprised to see me, an we had a nice quick chat. 
Here's the Wakkanai wind going after my hair. You can see how tired I was this morning!
Although the train was a little crowded, the bus was...not. 

I played around with camera functions. 
It was a lovely afternoon in Teshio. Cloudy, but cool. We ate lunch on the deck, rode bikes, ate dessert, baked cakes for a party on Monday, and I learned to make a Japanese dish I've been wanting to try. 
It was a great day. Sigh. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Yet another day of delight

Today was a lovely day. It included park golf and a deer on the course, introducing Boggle, and dinner with an old friend. Oh, and octopus. :-)

As my feet walk these familiar paths, I have a peculiar sense of being home, and yet being separated. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015


I've probably said this before, but in Japanese, you can say "Natsukashii!" when you are feeling nostalgic about something. 


My old neighborhood:

Riding the bus was really natsukashii, but I didn't take a picture. 

Lunch with Wakkanai ALTs at the udon shop that serves the best kitsune udon (haven't had one that measures up yet):

Taking silly pictures;
Wakkanai milk soft serve ice cream:
I must stop eating so much soft serve ice cream. On the other hand, I've heard it's really good in my next location...

Had some free time, went to the gym and used the pool.
I have to do something to combat the ice cream!

The day ended with Hanabi - not actual fireworks, but the game. It's fun to try communicating with different people. 

It was a cool and misty day, but I enjoyed it so much!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


In a strange twist, I left Wakkanai on August 4, 2014 and returned on August 4, 2015. I didn't plan that!
Today was a good day of being back in Wakkanai and feeling so nostalgic. I stopped by the high school and chatted with some teachers. 

Sigh. Good to be back.