I already put some information on my trip here before but my mom asked to post some more so here I go!
In 4 weeks I will be in Fukuoka. On March 12th I have to take a train from Brussels to Paris, at 7.05 in the morning. The train ride should take 1h15, so if all goes well I arrive in Paris at 8.20. There I have 4h05 to find my way to the gate and to board, to take off at 12.55. This flight with China Eastern Airlines will take me to Shanghai, where I should arrive at 7.00 the next day (this is midnight in Belgium). Another 3h20 later, the plane to Fukuoka takes off. Here I should arrive at 12.55 (which is 4.55 in Belgium).
So, since I have to be one hour early to board the train, I will be en route for about 24h… Crazy! And knowing I probably won’t be able to sleep on the plane(s), it’s even more crazy!
So on Wednesday March 13th around noon, I’ll arrive in Fukuoka. There I will have to find my accommodation, which is a dormitory called ‘Sharey Style’ in Minami ward in Fukuoka. It seems to be rather far from the school (about 6,5 km) so I have to take a train. I can’t really say much about the area around the dorm, because there doesn’t seem to be anything interesting around (or I don’t find anything in that area on the internet). This will be my accommodation for the first three weeks of the trip.
The Monday after I arrive, it’s time to go to school. The school is called Genki Japanese and Culture School (short: GenkiJACS), located in the center of Fukuoka City. Close to the seaside, to parks, to the shopping area, close to about everything I guess. This is where I’ll attend 4 hours of Japanese class 5 days a week for 3 weeks. Once I get more specific information on the course, I’ll post it here on my blog.
The classes end on April 5th and so April 6th I’ll have to leave the dorm. Until here everything is planned, the following weeks aren’t. The only thing I know is that I will WWOOF, this is kind of voluntary work which I explained in an earlier post:
After the language classes I’m going to ‘WWOOF‘. In short this is sort of like a homestay/voluntary work. You work about 6 hours a day (I think 6 days a week) and in return you get a place to stay (most of the time you stay with either other WWOOFers or with the WWOOF host) and food. You only pay for a membership of the organization, which lasts for 1 year, and in Japan this costs 5500 yen. Of course you also pay for your transportation and own expenses. But I think it’s a good way to see and experience ‘real life’. For the WWOOFing, I’m going to stay around Kyushu, so I don’t have to travel too far. If I like this kind of work, I hope I can do it in another area of Japan in the future.
I’m not sure if I’m only going to stay in Kyushu, I haven’t contacted any hosts yet either. So for more information about this, you’ll have to keep an eye on my blog! 😉
On June 9th I should return home, arriving June 10th. I guess these details aren’t important (yet)…