Being away from friends and family has gotten me down a bit lately.  It’s been a month, and the homesickness started to kick in.  Also, I think I understand what they mean by culture shock now.  I admit, I was starting to regret my decision just a little bit.  All I could think about was […]

No Culture Shock, Plenty of Cost Shock

Even with the amount of preparation I did, filling out paperwork, doing research, budgeting, and planning, I still managed to underestimate the costs of living abroad in Japan.  It has been a big shock, a little difficult, and quite stressful, but I guess I just need to go back and budget one more time (after […]

Sorry, I’m Not Coming Back

I went to a ramen shop and ate real ramen for the first time in my life.I will never be able to live without it ever again.  It is one of the top five most delicious things I have ever tasted.  I got so full off of half the bowl but kept eating because it […]


When they said there are mosquitoes here, they meant it.Two legs, 30 bites.  No joke.  Time to break out the bug spray.While waiting for the bus last night I saw one on my leg and swatted it.  It exploded blood all over my leg.  It was kinda creepy but also really neat.

Learning and Living Japanese

I expected to place in to level 2 Japanese, but I am in level 3.  It’s not very difficult, and I’ve learned everything we’ve gone over so far already, but since I forget vocabulary really quickly and also don’t retain most grammar points, this level is good for me.  Not to mention the fact that […]

It Begins…

It is 3:30 am here in Tokyo, Japan, and I absolutely can not sleep.  But, how about I start from the beginning and fill you in on my travels to get here, first?The plane ride was about 11 to 12 hours, and it was a roller coaster for me.  I spent the entire flight switching […]