Nice to meet you! はじめまして! ¡Mucho gusto!
My name is Kendra and I’m a 20-something teacher with a love of adventure, no sense of direction, and boundless curiosity.
My story is pretty simple really. Girl goes to college. Girl watches “A Map for Saturday” documentary. Girl catches a bad case of wanderlust.
And the rest is history.
In the spring of 2014 I got a job with Interac, left the good ol’ U.S.of A. for the first time ever, and moved to rural Japan to be an English teacher in a Jr. High!
In the spring of 2015, despite all my promises to my family about this being a “1 year only” thing, I decided to stay in Japan. Two years strong!
I discovered a love for solo travel, a love of the Japanese culture, some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had, and a piece of myself that had been missing.
I realized that I thrived on being challenged in this new and completely foreign environment. I gained strength from having to do it all completely on my own (I’m a horribly indecisive person by nature).
Despite all this, in the spring of 2016 I reluctantly left Japan and my sweet little kiddos (who would hate me calling them that as they’re in Jr. High. But still.♥) and moved back to southern California, U.S.A. to go back to school and get my official teaching credential!
So now I’m exploring my home and constantly comparing everything to Japan (though I try not to do it aloud anymore for fear of my family/friend’s sanity)! Sorry!
I’m making life decisions which freaks me out (remember that thing about me and decisions?) but which also has a lot of really amazing opportunities. There are so many places in the world! How do you decide where to go next?
On this blog I’m still reminiscing about my time in Japan, loving my adventures in the U.S.A., thinking about shooting out some lifestyle posts with recipes from both home and abroad, passing out some travel inspiration, talking about education and teaching, and excitedly planning all my brand new adventures!
I will never stop traveling and never stop loving to write about it!
I will also never stop loving to answer all of your questions! I am a teacher after all and all my knowledge is yours for the asking, so ask away! You can find all my social media and email over on my Contact page. If you just want to talk, I’d love to do that too!
I travel slowly, with the purpose of learning as much as I possibly can about the culture I’m in and the people I meet. Join me on my wild and crazy (seriously, they get pretty crazy!) adventures! You won’t regret it! 😀
Read, explore, and subscribe! The more the merrier I always say!
I look forward to Exploring with you! よろしくお願いします!