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Words to Learn in the Local Language

Confession: I am only fluent in English. Braggadocious moment: I can say “Thank you” in 18 languages! Why Bother Learning Some of the Local Language? You would be amazed at how far you can get with a genuine American smile. Did you know Americans are known the world around for our inexplicable smiling? (The “stupid… Continue reading Words to Learn in the Local Language

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Where Do They Speak English?

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! Have you ever seen The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? It’s one of my favorite movies, but one part of it has always bothered me. In one of the early scenes, Cameron Diaz’s character is searching for somewhere to go to get away from her real life. She takes one… Continue reading Where Do They Speak English?

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The Journey Home

Originally published on 31 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer living and working in Japan! I’m home! After one last Sushi Lo supper on Saturday, I turned in my bike and waited at the school for Mrs. Koda to pick me up. She came about 7:15 or… Continue reading The Journey Home

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Tying Up Loose Ends

Originally published on 29 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my time living and working abroad in Japan! Is it really the last day? Yes! Yes it is! The past 3 days since I got back from Tokyo have been relaxing, wonderful, and memorable. On Thursday, I turned in… Continue reading Tying Up Loose Ends

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Hot Springs and Black Eggs

Originally published on 27 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer living and working abroad in Japan! On my next day in Tokyo, I got up and got to walk the dog with Mr. Fujita. That was fun. And when we got back, I got to have… Continue reading Hot Springs and Black Eggs

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Fun Times in Tokyo

Originally published on 27 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer living and working abroad in Japan! And now I’m back from Tokyo! The train ride there was quite a feat. It took 7 1/2 hours and 4 train changes with only 3 to 8 minutes etween… Continue reading Fun Times in Tokyo

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Third Year Death Ceremony

Originally published on 23 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer abroad living and working in Japan! Time for the much-anticipated Third Year Death Ceremony! Mrs. Koda’s mother came to ride to the ceremony with us. She’s cute and looks just like Mrs. Koda. We got in… Continue reading Third Year Death Ceremony

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Going Away Party

Originally published on 23 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer living and working abroad teaching English in Japan! Wow, there’s so much to say about the past 2 days! At work yesterday (after having a week to cool off from the incident with Yuri, it wasn’t… Continue reading Going Away Party

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Shingu Shrine

Originally published on 21 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first summer abroad while living and working in Japan! Well hello! I hope everyone’s had a good week. Let me know what you’re up to! Yesterday I went to the Shingu Shrine at the recommendation of the… Continue reading Shingu Shrine

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Pearls are this Girl’s Best Friend

Originally published on 19 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first ever trip abroad, teaching English and living in Japan! Hey there! So here’s the latest since my last e-mail. I went to Pearl Island again to see the Mikimoto Memorial Hall that we didn’t get to see before.… Continue reading Pearls are this Girl’s Best Friend