The Boss’ Drinking Buddies

Originally published on 18 June 2006. This is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first ever trip abroad–to Japan! Konbanwa! (Good evening!) For those of you in the USA, Ohayo Gozaimasu! (Good morning!) Today was a unique experience! I started out doing laundry and ended up going out for sushi with Mr. Koda’s “Drinkin’Continue reading “The Boss’ Drinking Buddies”

Off Day Escapades

Originally published on 14 June 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first every trip abroad to Japan. So, I woke up to overcast skies on my day off on Monday, but I’d prayed it wouldn’t rain because I’ve really REALLY wanted to go back to Naiku (the Inner Shrine). After catchingContinue reading “Off Day Escapades”

Tall Tales and English Lessons

Originally published on 13 June 2006. This post is part of a series about my first ever solo trip to Japan! Yesterday I gave Yumi and Yoko (two of our Japanese English teachers) an English lesson. It was pretty fun because we read “The Legend of John Henry” and “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed.” I grabbed a coupleContinue reading “Tall Tales and English Lessons”

Geku Shrine and Live Fish!

Originally published on 13 June 2006. This post is part of a longer series of posts about my first ever solo trip to Japan! So my internet is up and going again. I was so relieved when we got it working again! Not being able to talk to my family and write y’all some long e-mails wasContinue reading “Geku Shrine and Live Fish!”

On the Job Frustrations

Originally published on 8 June 2006. This post is part of a longer series of posts about my first ever solo journey to Japan! Hello there. Yesterday was beautiful outisde, but it was a frustrating one at work. Apparently there’s lots of stuff my colleague, Anna, and I have done wrong. We were told the other day that we’reContinue reading “On the Job Frustrations”

The Nagoya Experience

Originally published on 2 June 2006. This post is part of a series of e-mails to home from my first ever solo trip abroad: Japan! Well hello there! My travels have been pretty good so far, and I’m not done yet! Follow along with me… Monday, I went to Nagoya. This was the first time I’dContinue reading “The Nagoya Experience”

Fun and Food

Originally published on 29 May 2006. This blog post is part of a larger series about my first ever trip abroad to Japan! Kon-nitchiwa once again! I have a big week ahead of me, and I thought of some things to tell y’all before I start in on the big travels. First of all, I loveContinue reading “Fun and Food”

Teaching English in Ise

Originally published on 27 May 2006. This is part of a series of posts about living and working in Japan–my first trip solo and abroad! Kon-nitchiwa! (Hello!) I hope everyone’s having a great week. I decided now’s as good a time as any to tell you about working at the school, since so many of youContinue reading “Teaching English in Ise”

Lost in Ise City

Originally published on 23 May 2006. This is part of a series of letters to home that I wrote while living and working in Japan on my first trip abroad. So I had the day off yesterday (a pleasant surprise). I decided I needed to explore and kinda see what’s here. Well you’d never believe allContinue reading “Lost in Ise City”

Naiku Shrine

Originally published on 22 May 2006. This is part of a series of posts from my time living and working in Japan in 2006. Boy, do I have things to tell y’all! I’ve really missed being able to go to church while I’m here, but I know God’s with me all the time, and He provided aContinue reading “Naiku Shrine”