Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lost...yet not lost

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. 
That's where I am now. Just sitting and relaxing and eating bean toast. 
My journey is feeling pretty metaphorical - I just came to a chasm. 

I have no internet on the road, so if you read this post, you will know that I found my way home. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Last week of classes

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

Adventures in New Japan: Back at Starbucks

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!