Although the week passed rather quickly, it was rife with stress. Most of it was internal, since I’m getting used to some staff changes at my school. In one way it’s been a blessing, since the new guy took about half of my kids classes, but rough in other ways. I think I just need to get used to the new status quo.
I arrived in Japan exactly one year ago on June 4th, 2016. I have not been out of the country since then. I have zero regrets.
In Gamagori there is an island, just off shore, housing a collection of old Shinto Shrines. It’s a small island, not even a mile across.
Besides the shrines, there are beaches around the outer edge of the island which are known for their shellfish.
After paying respects at the various shrines, it’s a quick walk back from the exit, though not necessarily and easy one.
There is an uneven path set between the hill the shrines are perched upon and the surrounding beaches. Some places are quite steep, especially for those wearing inappropriate shoes. The walk is only about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how many pictures you stop to take or shells you decided to collect.
My friends and I took about 40 minutes for obvious reasons.
The new job is going well, though it’s taken some time to get used to. The first few days left me absolutely knackered, hence my lack of updates. My schedule is vastly different from when I worked at the school (I go to bed much earlier now), but it hasn’t been all bad.
The commute to work is long. First I take a bus to the correct train station, which takes about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.Then I have 10 to 15 minute wait for the next train to my office. The train ride, which is absolutely breathtaking, takes another 20 minutes. Luck for me, my office is right next to the train.
My co-workers all have been very nice and the atmosphere is very relaxed. There’s unlimited coffee/tea and my bosses allow us to eat at our stations, provided it’s not too messy or stinky. We are also allowed to listen to music/audiobooks. It’s awesome!!
I have been able to take some photos during my commute and during lunch. Hopefully I can start adding them here soon.
Preparing to go overseas for a bit. I’ve never been out of the country before so I find myself being more than a little nervous. It doesn’t help I will be traveling alone for a good part of my journey.
The best path is not necessarily the easiest… Life is filled with hardship. Look at it as an aid in appreciating the good times.
I can speak from experience. “Safe” doesn’t have to lead to “happy.” Safe means safe, means little changes and little excitement. It only leads to wondering “what if?”
Try to live a little.