Island Life, JET Life

Learning to Appreciate the Here and Now

I've always been a restless person. I can never stay in one place for too long. When I was still living at home, I was gone almost every weekend visiting friends in other parts of New England or New York. I think one of the best parts about growing up in the northeast was how… Continue reading Learning to Appreciate the Here and Now

Life on JET

Not Recontracting and My Future JET Successor

This is the cup of coffee my supervisor gave to me on the day in early January I had to tell her I wasn't recontracting. I have so much love for my placement and my school, and while I felt no pressure from anyone about my decision other than myself, it was still more difficult and… Continue reading Not Recontracting and My Future JET Successor

Life on JET

JET Placement Results: 7 Things I Did and One Thing I Wish I Did Before Moving to Japan

So word on the web is that JET Placement Results have been unleashed to the world. It`s all so exciting!  Last year, my impending move to Japan finally sank in when I received the email saying that I was headed to Kagoshima-ken. I was excited to be headed south to a place with friendly people, a subtropical climate,… Continue reading JET Placement Results: 7 Things I Did and One Thing I Wish I Did Before Moving to Japan

Travel

An Elephant Experience of a Lifetime

It's only the middle of May, and I can already cross off the three things I promised myself I would do in 2016 before the end of the summer. (1. Run a half marathon, 2. visit Kyoto, and now 3. go to Thailand). Before I make a new list, I want to share with you one of… Continue reading An Elephant Experience of a Lifetime

Island Life, JET Life, Teaching

A Snapshot of My Life, and Why I Haven’t Written About Golden Week Yet

I love the way sunshine breathes life into a city. I just returned from a beautiful evening bike ride around my little city, the perfect way to close out a great weekend at the beach. On my bike ride I saw more kids outside playing than usual, and lots of people were enjoying dinner with their… Continue reading A Snapshot of My Life, and Why I Haven’t Written About Golden Week Yet

Travel

Sneak Peek: Golden Week in Thailand

  Like most of my experiences during my year abroad, my Golden Week trip to Thailand turned out to be much more than I had anticipated. Here I am with my elephant friend, Mae Come Hpo, on a banana snack break as we make our way through the forest in one of the Karen Villages in… Continue reading Sneak Peek: Golden Week in Thailand

Island Life, JET Life

Amami Oshima, You`re on to Something…

It's been weeks since I've updated! I have been busy playing Amami Tour Guide. My boyfriend was here for a week, and then the day after he left I had some mainland friends stay with me at AirBnBecca (yep, that's what I call my central island apartment.) This week, I've been catching up on sleep,… Continue reading Amami Oshima, You`re on to Something…

JET Life

Springtime in Kansai

Last week, a few of us islanders decided to escape during "Spring Break" and visit Kansai. We booked our flights for the last week in March so we still could attend soubetsukai and see off leaving teachers, but to our surprise, our trip coincided perfectly with Hamami in Kyoto and Osaka! After 5 days of Big City traveling, I… Continue reading Springtime in Kansai

Island Life, Life on JET

The End of the Japanese School Year and JET Interview Resuts

The past couple weeks at school have been all about goodbyes.  Not just for the third years, but for some teachers too. All teachers in Kagoshima prefecture are required to fulfill their "island duty" at some point in their teaching career.  They are expected to dedicate five years to their island school! Some teachers even… Continue reading The End of the Japanese School Year and JET Interview Resuts

Life on JET, Teaching

Celebrating Green and White Holidays in Japan

White Day March 14th is White Day in Japan. If you don't know what it is, I promise it`s not nearly as bad as it sounds. White Day is simply a day designated for boys to return sweets to the girls who gave them something on Valentine's Day. After a couple friends asked me why… Continue reading Celebrating Green and White Holidays in Japan