Today I took a short but wonderful visit to the east gardens of the Imperial Palace here in Tokyo. There were just a few leaves starting to change color but the landscaping was beautiful!
I’m already making mental plans for my next trip to Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands. Here are my Ishigaki top 5 ( in honor of being in my 35th country on my 35th birthday)! 5. Blue Seal ice cream- preferably in the salt cookie flavor 4. 60 minute relaxing massage (that was on special for… Continue reading Edu-Ventures on Ishigaki
Hooray for Fall Break! I was in desperate need of an escape from the concrete jungle and some friendship. My days in Okinawa were full of nature & fellowship! Bethany and I lived on the same hall during our Freshman year at Harding, but we haven’t seen each other since I graduated (insert “It’s a… Continue reading Edu-Ventures in Okinawa
I am discovering that the Japanese have embraced Fall & Halloween, but their ideas about Fall flavors are a little bit different. You can see the “Fall” Kit-Kat flavors include chestnut and cranberry almond. Starbucks has been introducing a new fall drink every 3 weeks. Flavors so far have included the pear Frappuccino and the… Continue reading Fall Flavors- Japan Style
From home to work… this is all I’ve seen for the past 12 days. Play your favorite musical soundtrack or the newest “Emma”version on Audible & it will be like we took a walk together!The vending machines closest to my apartment are mostly cigarettes, but the last machine is drinks & happens to carry Dr.… Continue reading My Daily Commute
Starting life in a new country or state every few years is an exciting adventure full of opportunities, but it is also a challenge. It is hard to feel like a confident professional adult when you don’t know how to take a hot shower or dispose of your garbage. But… re-learning those essential life skills… Continue reading Re-learning Life Skills
1. All Japanese children are adorable 2. Stand LEFT!! …Except when you are going down some stairwells 3. You should not speak on the Metro unless it is after 9:00pm, but on the bus you can chat quietly 4. It is unbelievably HOT and humid (I think I might melt) 5. Business men dress like… Continue reading Observations & Reflections on Week 1 in Japan
It has been 13 years since I was last in Athens, Greece. The city has changed a lot, but so has the lenses through which I see the world. I was last in Athens when the city was full of excitement and construction as they prepared for Olympics- before their economic and refugee crisis. Every… Continue reading Re-visiting Greece
Varenna, Lake Como, Italy We spent almost the whole day learning from Chef Moreno about the art of Italian cooking. We made ricotta & herb filled tortoloni (pictured above), fresh tomato sauce, and breaded trout. The group included 3 other teachers and I loved hearing about everyone’s travels.
Istanbul, Turkey After the third person this summer asked me about my blog & why I don’t have one I decided it was worth looking into. My goal is to update at least two times each month and during any edu-ventures. This will replace my monthly emailed newsletter. It has taken me 3+ hours to… Continue reading Traveling the Globe