Changes in Plans

Originally published on 23 June 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first trip abroad living and working in Japan! Kon-nichiwa! It’s been a poopy past couple of days, but I have things to look forward to, and it will get better. I’m determined it will. I had funContinue reading “Changes in Plans”

Dogwood Manor B&B

Do you love B&Bs? Me, too! There is something so homey about being in a unique room, in a house with character, in a place that has a story. Those are things a sterile hotel with beige wall paint and impersonal service cannot give you. I was headed to Huntsville for a few days and needed a greatContinue reading “Dogwood Manor B&B”

Travel with Purpose

This Faraway Friday is a special one because I am highlighting my #1 favorite company that does so much good for women around the world: Marie Mae Company. For every item purchased, Marie Mae’s owner and CEO Jillian Ryan (and my good friend) donates an hour of business training to women in developing markets. IContinue reading “Travel with Purpose”

Riding the Bus

Originally published on 16 June 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my first ever solo trip to Japan! School has gone well the past couple of days! I’m really trying my best to do everything right, and Yuri’s feeling better, so I think she’s been more willing to overlook someContinue reading “Riding the Bus”

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!”

Tales from Tokyo

Originally published on 7 June 2006. This post is part of a longer series of “e-mails to home” from my first ever trip abroad to Japan! Ohayo-gozaimasu! (Good morning!) Time for more of Quick Whit’s World Travels. I forgot a couple of things about Sunday in Tokyo, so here are a couple more stories! Before we went toContinue reading “Tales from Tokyo”

Tokyo Take 2

Originally published on 6 June 2006. This post is part of a larger series of “e-mails to home” from my first ever trip abroad–to Japan! So I woke up on Sunday and read my Bible. I miss real church with other people. I’ll be glad to go to a service when I get home. I gotContinue reading “Tokyo Take 2”