That's right — the final countdown is on! I wanted to take the time to share what I've been up to since my last post.
The first exciting piece of news is that I've gotten in touch with my predecessor as well as the person whose apartment I will be taking over. They're both lovely and have been incredibly helpful in answering my questions. I’ll be living in a modest-sized apartment just a little ways away from the city center. I’ll have a supermarket nearby, and I’ll probably be walking or riding my bicycle most of the time. I was happy to find out that my rent will only be ¥35,000, which is roughly $310. I also found out that I’ll mostly be teaching at local Junior High Schools, though I'll also get to visit a couple of Elementary Schools once in a while. I’m looking forward to finding out more about my new city in person!
Recently, most of my time has been spent selling my possessions in order to have enough funds to start a new life in Japan. Before leaving my job at Kenton Animal Hospital, where I worked for the past few months, I had hoped that upon leaving I would have plenty of time to study Japanese. Although I've found some time for studying, I've ended up focusing more on some bigger picture stuff. For example, I've taken the time to meditate more, to reexamine my goals in life, eat healthier, spend time with my husband, skype with my family, and pare down my possessions. I was definitely in need of regrooving, so that's what I've taken the time to do. I hope that by doing so I can be the best teacher, cultural ambassador, co-worker, and friend that I can possibly be.