Monday, July 21, 2014

Hidden Mountains

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This morning, a really timely devotional arrived in my inbox. It’s from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening from July 21, and it was just what I needed to hear. Just in case any of you need it as well, here it is!

Morning and Evening - July 21

Umi no hi

Drove to Nayoro this morning. 
Beautiful weather! Spent the day at a big picnic and saw a gorgeous sky. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What do you think?

Happy face, or am I seeing things again?


Went for a walk by the sea this afternoon. It was a really pretty day to just sit outside, let my legs dangle high over the water, write, and think.

And be a ham.


The sky changed a lot during the short time I was out there.




Well, I’m hungry. Lunch was a bust, so it’s time to do a little foraging before church.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beautiful Places: Rebundake (Mt. Rebun)

Yesterday, I was early for the school festival, so I decided to get off the bus early and walk the rest of the way to school. I picked the Nairo stop, which just happened to drop me off here:


Hey, the entrance point to a hiking trail! The people who got off the bus with me were dressed in full hiking gear, even with ginormous backpacks. I was wearing capri pants, a school top, a light cardi, and pink shoes. No matter, I decided to go have a little peek.

Whoa! The trail was narrow and s-t-e-e-p! I paused, and put my shoes all the way on my feet.


Pretty flowers and a bottle green fly!


What is this flower? I don’t know, but I love its delicate petals.


I love this view.


The path!


Flowers and a boat headed in to port.


More flowers. I love the variety of flowers on Rebun.


Hello, butterfly!


When I came down and started walking to school, I got to see one of my favorite views of Rebun, and this one with a special guest!


Well, hello to you, too!

I’m glad I got off the bus where I did!

Final Ferry Blog

*This should have published last night, but the internet power wasn't strong enough

I'm on my final ferry ride. I left Rebun an hour and a half ago. Here's where I'm standing to write this blog. 
That's Wakkanai behind me. It won't be long before we arrive, just about another 30 minutes. I don't think I'm ready, but whether I'm ready or not, it's coming. 

Getting on the ferry:

Leaving Rebun
Rebun receding into the distance. 
Rishiri wearing a cloud hat:
Almost out of sight:
The lovely evening sky: 
Another evening sky view (do you see a sad face?):

Friday, July 18, 2014

The end of an era

A thousand farewell cards have been handed out. All my schools have been visited. A new job has been found. Many tears have been shed.

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The beginning and the end.

In some ways, today was not as difficult as I had feared, and in other ways, it was worse. I’ve been crazily busy for days weeks now, and I was running on adrenaline for most of the day. I forgot to eat breakfast, and then I forgot to eat lunch.

But I had a great day of classes and chatting with students afterwards. I almost lost it when I had to give a goodbye speech to all 57 teachers in the morning meeting. But I didn’t really lose it in public until our goodbye party, when the teachers gave me a gift. I opened up the bag and pulled out a large board covered in messages from teachers and students.

Can you get dehydrated from tears? Smile

Well, if there had to be a last day of school, this was a pretty good one.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Goodbye, Rebun

Woke up to a foggy morning
I will miss this fish!
Saying goodbye to Pension Uni was hard. I have enjoyed that place and the kindness of the Furusawas. Sniff. 

Today, a teacher brought fried octopus because she knew I really liked it! 
Oh, I can't write any more! It was so bittersweet. I'll write more later.