Well my baby blog is a year old this month. As blogs go, it really does suck, but at least I have been posting more lately.
My trip to Tokyo was absolutely fab!! Being an orientation assistant was a blast. The other TOAs were all really nice people and the CLAIR people were fun too. 1400 new JETs arrived on Sunday from about 30 different countries. It was so interesting to speak with people about to begin their JET adventures. 27 newbies came to Shimane. All seem very nice and I'm excited to get to know the ones living in my area.
Despite being told that we would be working non-stop, I had plenty of time to explore Shinjuku and do a little shopping. I was totally living the good life for 4 days...but now I'm back.
The month of Aug is going to be really boring, but at least I don't have to sit at school all day.
In a completely random twist of fate I'm going to Hawaii in Sept!!! A Japanese woman named Chiaru was a "conversation partner" with my roommate Sarah while we were at university. She finished her studies and returned to Japan. When I arrived here I emailed her and kept in touch periodically. She lives in Gunma which is worlds away from Shimane. Over the last year I haven't really heard from her.
Then a month ago she sent me an email asking if I would like to travel with her. Not really thinking it would happen, I told her yes. She suggested a few destinations and we decided on Hawaii. Then she went ahead and arranged the whole thing with a travel agent!! She got us a really good deal at a fancy hotel in Waikiki. I love not having to make travel arrangements! This is the first time I have not been in complete control and I LOVE IT! She even arranged for me to fly from Izumo airport (2 hours away and free parking) so that I don't have to spend 12 hours on a bus. My supervisor has already approved the time off. I was a little surprised at how easy everything was. I will miss 4 days of school but she said that as long as I prepare for all my classes ahead of time it's no problem!
So Hawaii in September and Calgary for xmas. I have a feeling that year 3 will fly by even faster than year 2!!!
A random picture to go with a random post. Asagi and I. Note the sexy sweat towel, the "must have" fashion accessory for summer.