Enjoying the challenges

No, we’re not lost!  We arrived in Japan safe and sound and are loving it so far.  We don’t have internet at home yet though so I probably won’t be able to post very often until we do.  I’ve found a good “internet cafe” – 3 computers at the back of a bookstore/electronics shop but it isn’t very close to where we’re living.  It’s near one of the schools we’ll be teaching at though, so whenever I’m in this area I’ll stop in and let you know how we’re doing.  Once we get internet at home, watch out!  I have so much to share.  I wrote 13 pages in my journal yesterday, my first day off!

There are many challenges to learning to live in such a different environment but we’re enjoying the experience immensely.  Of course, there’s the job – learning what’s expected of us.  It isn’t rocket science though and I’m sure we’ll soon be quite comfortable with that part of life.  Learning the train system and getting from place to place can be quite a challenge.  I did manage to get on a train going in the wrong direction the other day but I realized it right away, got off at the next stop and got myself turned around!  MIL has 2 main schools and 8 satellite ones. We’ll be teaching at several of them so we’ll spend lots of time on the trains.  Grocery shopping is another major challenge.  How do you tell if the package contains salt or sugar if you can’t read the label?  So far, we haven’t made any major blunders though and we’ve started to experiment with a few unfamiliar foods.  Figuring out a workable meal schedule is also an interesting aspect of our new life.  We usually work afternoons and evenings so are quickly adjusting to eating supper late in the evening – often about 10:00 p.m.  Settling into the apartment has presented a few interesting challenges as well.  Things like how to use the washing machine when the instructions are in Japanese but I’ll go into that in more detail in a future post.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Lyons
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 18:34:00

    Congratulations!! You are there and are obviously in the mode of “Carpe Diem”. What a great attitude. Great experience for you both and know that you will glean the very best from this latest adventure. We are just back from Hong Kong where we had such a good visit. The Wee Gang just keep getting neater and cuter – we celebrated the triplets’ fourth birthday while there and are thanking God for the miracle of them. Seb is as precious as ever. When will you visit them in Hong Kong?! Keep well, God bless and continue to have the time of your lives.

    Love, Maureen xox

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  2. Doris & Ken
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 21:17:35

    I was able to catch your blog tonight. We had anticipated that you would arrive safely and are glad to see we were right. We spent a week in Vancouver/Seattle area this past week. It was so good to get home again, although we enjoyed the trip. I was thinking it will be a long time until yoi see home (in Sedgewick) again. So, we pray that your new residence will become HOME very quickly.
    God Bless
    K & D

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  3. mj hedeman
    Mar 08, 2008 @ 12:17:32

    wow… sounds like a crazy and wonderful adventure!

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