Gui & Moem just married, with their kids
My party give-aways with the details of my blog on the card and some Japanese snacks in the bag
Gy, Chantal, Gui, Moem and Lou
At one point I really thought I wasn't able to go through with the whole moving-to-Japan-thing, but somehow I ended up on the huge plane heading for Dubai, where I transferred to a plane with Nagoya as its destination.
Look closely at the fourth window from the right and you'll see me pressed up against the tiny plane-window
In Nagoya and AEON representative picked me up and escorted me to my hotel near Nagoya Station, where Yasu just happened to have a room for the night as well ;). Two days later, while I was still heavily jetlagged, a grueling training peroid of 9 days started. It totally exhausted me, got me physically ill, but it did prepare me for the job I was going to be doing at AEON Inuyama.
Lousensei freaking out about teaching her first ever lesson (for fake students)
View from my tiny kitchen
In July Joanne went back home, and she was replaced by Kristin from Cincinnati. So our school organized a welcome and goodbye party at the nextdoor restaurant Al Centro. So until I leave AEON Inuyama in May of 2008, the staff of our school will consist of these 8 people:
Kristin, me, Moe and Kana (top) Noriko, Aiko, Mayuka and Megumi (bottom)
Besides being able to see my boyfriend on a much more regular basis, I have also achieved some other things since May, like getting better at teaching and all other aspects of my job and getting more and more used to Japanese cuisine, lifestyle and culture. And even though I haven't officially been studying the Japanese language, I have picked up a lot of words from my students and on the street, and I always pratice deciphering katakana and hiragana when Yasu is around (it's just boring by myself and without someone to check and correct my answers).
Teaching a class
My 27th birthday back at home
Then my second week of vacation, Shogatsu, I took another plane, this time straight to Amsterdam and Yasu sat next to me! That was last week! I extended the Shogatsu vacation with 3 days, so that we could spend the Christmas holidays with my family and now we're getting ready for the New Year's Eve traditions of oliebollen and fireworks.
We were welcomed at Schiphol with these selfmade banners
This year is almost over and 2008 is coming! Next year, one of the first things we will do is fly back to Japan, and just a week after arrival in Japan, I'll attend the first of 3 Bon Jovi concerts! Good start of the year! Happy New Year everybody!