Saturday, July 12, 2014

Can you guess?

Can you guess what this food item is? You could buy it at today's school festival. 

Please don't cry!

I spent most of today at a junior high school volleyball tournament. It was an interesting experience, because most of my sports knowledge comes from movies. In movies, the opponents are usually on the evil side. But at a junior high school tournament, both sides are just cute young students. 

Actually, one game was one of my schools vs. a school where I knew a lot of the parents (I teach at the high school).  That made cheering complicated! And if I weren't leaving, most of today's players would have been future students!

Anyway, the school where I actually teach did quite well. They won all of their games today. Teams had to lose 2 games to be eliminated. So it was quite a while into the day before the first team was eliminated. 

I looked over to the other court and saw the team who had just finished playing on the other court. They were in tears. 

Even though I have nothing to do with that school, I started getting sniffly myself! 

Apparently, I can't be around crying people! 

But it was an interesting day!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Goodbye, friend

I'm so weary. Here are my final views of Rishiri. 

Still in port

Heading out


I'm going to miss this place

Leaving school was difficult. Students and teachers came to the door to say goodbye, and one student followed the bus. 

Several students and teachers were on the same ferry. That was nice. After I got back, I met a friend for dinner. Can you guess what this is?

I'm so tired, and I've thought about this day so much that the reality has not entirely set in. I wonder when it will hit? 

I'm so grateful for such a nice final visit!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

First night at Tsuki

I'm getting tired of lasts (hence the title), and tonight is a HUGE one. It's my last night on Rishiri Island. 
I can't even count the number of nights I've spent in hotels and ryokans on this island. Suffice to say, it has been a lot!

Rishiri has been a wonderful place for wandering, dreaming, running, biking, lying on beds on lazy afternoons, and most of all, teaching. 
Tonight was a good last evening. After school, I went to Cafe Vega, one of my favorite places here. 
The owners have always been kind to me (and my brother). They often give me food. Today was no exception. I ordered Vienna coffee and got this giant delicious bread a little while later. 
After I said my goodbyes and left, I met up with someone from school, and we went out to dinner at a restaurant called Tsuki. On the way, we saw the beautiful view of the mountain above. We also saw lovely views of Rebun across the sea. 
I'm going to miss coming here, but I must say that I've had a completely wonderful and satisfying time! So thankful for the chance to teach on this island and spend so much time here. 

Things to come: my final goodbyes to Rishiri, Rebun, and my biggest high school. Also, some farewell parties are on the horizon. And goodbyes to the city and all my favorite places! Prepare the tissues!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rishiri, Day 1

This is my hotel bed! I'm glad I'll be here tomorrow night as well. 
This evening, I had dinner with someone who was my JHS student, my HS student, and now she is my local point person!

Check out this salad!
It was delicious! It had octopus in it.  In Japanese, octopus is tako. So, I had tako salad as a part of dinner. 


Clearly, I need sleep!
Good night!

Off to Rishiri

It's 4:26 in the morning, and I'm getting ready to get my day started. Today, I head off to Rishiri Island for the last time. 
I'll be on the island for three days. I had planned to walk to the terminal, but rain just started. I hope I can still sit outside today. 

Wow, I both can and can't believe that this is my last visit to Rishiri!