The one where I celebrate three years of off and on blogging,, thank you all sincerely for putting up with me, and update you on the changes that are coming to the blog and how you can keep following the journey!
The one where I take my international friends around L.A. for a day during their long layover and explore all the different areas while giving you lots of tips and tricks to plan your own tour of L.A. in a day.
The one where I talk about what it's been like being back in the U.S. after livinig in rural Japan for two years and my plans for life and this blog going forward.
The one where I give you advice on hiking in Japan, talk about how it's different from hiking in California, and give you links to tips, routes, maps, etc. for all (almost all?) of the hikes that I did while I lived in Japan.
The one in which I travel to Kamakura with a new friend and share all of the amazing experiences I had there meeting other people and experiencing the truest form of omotenashi--the spirit of hospitality--which Japan prides itself on (for good reason).
The one where I tell you how big and empty my apartment in Japan felt at first and a few of the steps I took to truly make it feel like home.
Two years. That’s half of college. My entire Jr. High school career. An Associate’s Degree. The time it takes to earn a Master’s. It’s the time it takes for a tiny, innocent newborn to talk and walk their way into the “Terrible Two’s”. It’s the time it took for my best friend to get engaged, … Continue reading 2 Years in Japan- Looking Back (in Pictures!)
The one in which I describe the training that I was sent to do by Interac before I left for Japan and how to prepare for the practice lesson plan some branches require you to plan for the first week of training.
March 11, 2011 may not be a date that means anything to most of you. Maybe it's a birthday or perhaps an anniversary. A day like any other. But for Japan, March 11th marks the day when families were suddenly torn apart, communities were destroyed, and life would never be the same again. If you're … Continue reading The Great East Japan Earthquake-5 Years Later
Ever do something and realize your expectations were so completely different from the truth they weren’t even in the same orbit? Yeah, that was me moving to Japan. And while some of that can be attributed to the fact that it was also my first time ever leaving the U.S., a lot of it is … Continue reading 6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Coming to Japan