Saturday, December 2, 2017

Autumn walks

Autumn is nearly over in Nagoya. Actually, I didn't realize that it was still so gorgeous until I got out today. Here's my day in reverse.

I walked 20,000 steps today, so I treated myself to a cake. Here it is. No, it's not a giant coffee. It's a normal coffee and a teeny tiny cake. No need to feel guilty for that! Hahaha!

This bridge with leaves and sunlight made me really happy. I had to wait for cars to get off it, thougg.

Here's Inuyama Castle - I've definitely photographed it a lot. But it always looks so cool standing up there on the hill.

This is one of my favorite rock formations.

Hello, beautiful tree!

Many of my 20,000 steps were up a mountain. Well, maybe a hill. But a really big hill!

The stairs heading up.

Me with some leaves! I was actually not planning on going for a mega walk in Inuyama when I left the house this morning. But I'm glad I went!

Light through leaves

Leaves and bamboo!

My phone missed the varied colors all over this hill - so pretty in real life. Pretty in a picture, but for different reasons!

Same here! I really loved seeing the shadows and light on the hills across the river - so beautiful!

Before I left this morning, I thought this was it for the leaves. Nope!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Farewell to September

It's the last day of September, and I'm still surprised. How is it the end of September already? 

I wanted to get in one last post before October, so here is a completely random post.

This is my favorite tree, and I'm eagerly waiting for it to change. It gets really gorgeous in the fall.
 One of my dreams has been to eat this giant cotton candy. Thankfully, I shared it with a friend. It was SWEET!

Here's a pumpkin coffee in honor of fall.

Here's one of my favorite foods in Japan. It's currypan, a bun filled with curry.

 Here's a coffee and a target, which pretty much sums up my life.
That's pretty much it for here! Work has been really busy this term. I'm hoping next week will be a little easier. The weather is starting to get nice, so I need to spend more time outside in nature. It's easy to get too much city!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A break from the city

There's a beautiful walk about an hour from here that I've definitely written about before. Here are some more pictures from that walk! We had a holiday on Monday, so I did it again. I enjoy city living, but I find that I often need to take breaks and get back in touch with the world. 

Selfie towards the end of the hike - so tired! And I forgot water for the hike, which was a little dumb.

My favorite part of the hike is this teahouse/rest stop halfway through.
 Got caught in the rain and was glad I brought a poncho.
 Misty morning

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Update from Japan

It's a rainy Saturday here in Nagoya, and I'm curled up on top my bed drinking some coffee while my laundry dries around me. It smells pretty good!

So, my life since returning hasn't been very photogenic. That should be changing soon as the weather starts to get nice enough for outdoor activities. I've also been doing a lot of archery. There are only so many pictures one can take on the range! Haha!

But it's been fun to go shooting anytime I want with my equipment. Am I any good? Not really! Turns out that I'm gonna need a LOT of practice before I'm good at shooting without a sight.

What else is happening in the good old Nagoya? Well, school's back in session, so we are back to school lunches (yay! no cooking! no dishes!). We had a special lunch on Friday for the harvest moon. The dessert was jello that looked like an egg.

Oh, I also made it out to the beach one weekend!

 I was really glad that I went! It turns out that I need nature and beach in my life!
Besides this, my life is pretty much teaching, going to the gym, and going to Japanese lessons! Haha! It's hard to make a pretty blog without ferries!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kayaking on sunny days

Well, it's my last day in the good old US of A for a long time. What a day it has been! It started early this morning when Mom knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to go kayaking. Naturally, I said yes!

We loaded the kayaks into the car, drove them to the water, carried the kayaks to the water, and got in all by ourselves! They are heavy and unwieldy, so it was no easy feat. But we did it.

Here's Mom, demonstrating how to float.
 Kayak selfie!
 Mom paddling into the diamond path.
After our paddle around, we headed back to shore and I headed off to catch up with an old friend. I got back to the house before the eclipse started, which was my big goal. At the last minute, I decided that I wanted a pinhole camera, so I made a huge one out of an Amazon box.

Here was the view from the start of the eclipse. Ahhhh!
 Modeling my new hat.
Mom and I spent a lot of time on the porch just chatting and watching the world go dim. We did NOT look at the sun!
 I caught a handful of eclipse inside the box.
 Now I'm just sitting on the floor of my empty bedroom feeling a little sad. These past few weeks have been absolutely jam-packed, but they've been great! And tomorrow, I head out for the second half of the school year.
See you on the flip side!