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It’s back!

Since I came back from my half-year abroad, my interest in Japan had disappeared completely. No kanji reviews, no Detective Conan episodes, no Japanese cooking, no reviews on Memrise, no Japanese drama, no speaking Japanese. Gone, all of it. I didn’t understand why, and I never told anyone. Even when others were enthusiastically talking about … Continue reading

Here we go again!

Whew, it’s been a while but I’m back (I hope!). ๐Ÿ˜… Guess why? Adventure time! ๐Ÿ˜Ž As I’m posting this, I should be on a plane somewhere between Brussels and Helsinki. ๐Ÿ›ซ Just a short layover there, and I’m off to Seoul! For my family and friends in Belgium (or elsewhere in that timezone), BRU … Continue reading

Kyoto > Fukuoka > home

On my last day in Kyoto, I was asked to teach laundry folding. Apparently I’m good at that. And, looking at the review left by my WorkAway host, that was the thing they’ll remember me for. I like doing laundry, and I spent a lot of my time on the roof of the hostel folding … Continue reading

At last; Fushimi Inari Shrine (1)

On my very last day (okay, technically this was the second to last, but the last day I actually did sightseeing in Kyoto), Chelsea took me to Fushimi Inari Shrine. You know, that shrine pretty much everyone who visits Kyoto will definitely have on their list. I’m not among those people. I hadn’t been in … Continue reading

Yuzen dyeing in Kyoto

Since we didn’t have much work on our last days WorkAwaying at Peace House Sakura in Kyoto, Chelsea suggested Yuzen dyeing. We had never heard of anything like it, and it sounded like a very Kyoto-ish thing to do, so off we went on our second-to-last day as WorkAwayers. If you’re interested, here’s a map … Continue reading

A day with Chelsea (2)

When Chelsea and I were walking up Kiyomizu slope’s main road (i.e. the super-touristy path leading to Kiyomizu-dera), we bought ice cream and rested next to a refreshing fountain. Next to itย were winding stairs on one side and a western-style building on the other. Once we finished our snack, we decided to mount these mysterious … Continue reading

A day with Chelsea (1)

On one of my last days, my co-worker Chelsea invited me to visit a temple with her. It was also one of her last days, and she’d been wanting to visit this temple for some time. Chelsea had been visiting many temples during her stay in Kyoto (more that the average person when visiting Kyoto … Continue reading

Tako-less takoyaki party!

Last week, I was asked what I eat in Japan, since there’s so much stuff I DON’T eat. Coincidentally, I planned a post about food today, so here’s one answer to that question. ๐Ÿ˜› My sweet Canadian friend Danielle, who was my classmate, best friend and travel buddy during my first trip to Japan, was … Continue reading

A day in Osaka (2)

After our rest, we set forth our journey and found yet another temple. This time, we just walked by it and were intrigued by the golden tower. We couldn’t read the temple’s name, but went in to explore. At the entrance they were doing some reconstructing, so we asked whether it was okay to enter … Continue reading