Making Friends in Japan – The Magical Moments

Moving to Japan and trying to settle in while handling all sorts of problems is tough. It’s even tougher when you’re doing it all by yourself. I admit there are days when I envy my female colleagues who moved here with their boyfriends. They have someone who carries their stuff (several Ikea and Nitori trips … More Making Friends in Japan – The Magical Moments

Road Trip along the Coast of Japan – Thoughts on Being an Adult

“Do you want your memories to be those of saying no to life?” This was a line from a song we once sang in an acting class I took back in the days of being a university student. Back in the days when life was easy and we said yes to everything, like our entire lives … More Road Trip along the Coast of Japan – Thoughts on Being an Adult

The Perfect Weekend

This weekend started with a lot of frustration. Why? Because I didn’t have any plans. I hadn’t signed up with any meet up groups online, I hadn’t contacted friends and no one had contacted me either. How sad. Right? Especially when you have kids and colleagues around you all day long, and you’re on “social … More The Perfect Weekend

A Day in Japan – Earthquakes and Heatwaves (30th of May 2015)

I wake up at 8 am because it’s already warm. Summer holiday warm. Too warm to keep sleeping. I get up and sort out my suitcase mess. Take a shower that nearly gives me a heart attack because I didn’t know how to switch on the hot water. Hear Dan in the other room, telling … More A Day in Japan – Earthquakes and Heatwaves (30th of May 2015)

What it’s like to be new to full-time teaching (at elementary school level)

Picture me sitting behind my desk in my classroom, not feeling capable of walking another step. I just finished a ten hour day at school. Wait, let me correct that statement right away: The kids just left after 10 hours with me and I still have to plan the next day and answer the new … More What it’s like to be new to full-time teaching (at elementary school level)