It’s unbelievable, but one year ago today I left the United States for Japan! Tomorrow marks my 1 year anniversary in Japan (crossing the International Date Line, it’s confusing!) and
I honestly can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Time’s been moving at light speed!
Never would I have guessed how wonderful and challenging and rewarding this past year has turned out to be, there just aren’t words. Coming here was my first time to ever leave the U.S. and I’m hungry for more! I just wanted to show you some of my favorite memories from the past year (getting my thousands of pictures pared down was really hard!), and though I can’t show you my lovely students (privacy is taken very seriously in Japan) just remember I spend almost all of my time at school working with them and I love every second of it!
Note: This is a pretty long post because of all the pictures, I’m sorry but I hope you enjoy them! I also haven’t edited any of these pictures, what you see is what you get!
Since coming here I’ve seen some breathtaking scenery (understatement of the century)
I’ve made some unforgettable friends who can make me laugh ‘til I cry
I’ve traveled to many famous landmarks
And some not so famous ones, but equally as fascinating
There’ve been a few face-palm moments
And I’ve challenged myself in ways I never thought possible, trying everything new I can get my hands on
Whew! Thanks for sticking around!
There is no way I can show you all the little moments, which are probably a lot of my favorite times here. When a student tells you they love you or an inside joke is born. It’s been the most fantastic adventure, not to sound cliché but truly it’s been life-changing. Everyone says that but they’re all right, there’s no better way to describe it. Living and working abroad is life-changing and the greatest opportunity I’ve ever had. I think everyone should do it, the hardships and the triumphs are all worth it and create a valuable learning experience.
Thank you everyone for bearing with me this year; I know I’m not the most consistent writer. It’s been a fabulous year and I can’t wait to share with you all that is yet to come!
Hey there! I'm Kendra--a teacher passionate about travelling and learning as much as I can about the places I go and the people I meet. I lived and worked in Japan for two years and now I'm a part-time traveler in sunny California! Where should I move to next? Learn More About Me…