Day 85: the last day

22 juni 2016

Leave the sun behind me and watch the clouds
As they sadly pass me by
And I’m in perpetual motion
And the world below doesn’t matter much to me

Tomorrow I’ll be flying back home again. Leaving my hotel early morning and arriving in Amsterdam around midnight Japan-time. It’s so weird to close off this adventure. To end it… and to start something new. I was hoping I could have something profound to say, now that I’m on my last day… but alas, I’ll let the music speak.

On Aichi Prefecture and the volunteering experience (pt. 2)

16 juni 2016

tokoname festival

Okay! I arrived in Tokyo today, to have my final week of my trip. So what better to get back to the events of early April to Mid-April: enjoying the countryside of Aichi Pref.! This time more about the fun stuff I got around to do when I wasn’t doing any volunteer-work.

I was pretty happy to hear that the family at which I stayed offered me their bicycle for my own use. So whenever I felt like exploring or going to the post office I could just go. Riding a bicycle in Japanese countryside though, it feels right out of any anime I used to watch when I was a kid. Then I was also lucky enough to be right around festival season. Every spring there is this sort of festival with huuuuge, high carts made of wood and loads of pretty fabric. And although I still don’t quite know what this festival is called – or what exactly it is for (my hosts were just about as good at English as I was at Japanese…it didn’t work so much haha). But it was so nice, as my host family took me to Tokoname on the weekend, and later in the week we went on foot to the festival in our own town.

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Day 67

5 juni 2016

go for broke

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.”

―Salman Rushdie

Day 54: a little tune and a good start

23 mei 2016

day something

The past weekend was one well spend in Hiroshima. I have currently arrived in Fukuoka and I’m back to solo-traveling and all its fun anxieties. I’m feeling up to it though…I’ve had a great start this morning in Miyajima. Tomorrow is going to be a fun day! The coming two weeks are spend in multiple places in Kyushu, Hagi and the wonderful Islands of Teshima and Naoshima. Super-duper looking forward to everything. I know it’ll be over before I know it – so I’m enjoying this grand adventure to the fullest! It already feels like summer in Japan, but I won’t let any heat tear down my spirits – I’ll have some kakigori instead. ;)

My back-in-time posts will resume shortly – I promise! x

On Aichi Prefecture and the volunteering experience (pt. 1)

19 mei 2016

123 aichi

I figured these posts are more or less solely a visual diary of my trip. So I am sort of compiling monster posts, with the main purpose of getting my sentiments and memories on the internet so that when later I can look back and ‘ooh’ en ‘ahh’ over everything I’ve been doing way back when. It’s not really the style of blogging I am happy with right now… but still, I really want to get this out there. I admit it, I’m struggling a bit with blogging again. But then again, I’m struggling with life and responsibilities now too so what do I really expect from myself right now?

Annnnnyway, let’s get crackin’! After my weekend in Tokyo (March 31st until April 4th) I went for my first Workaway experience in a really small town in Aichi Pref. And this was, in fact, quite the experience. One might say I suffer a bit of social anxiety at times, so staying at home with a family and basically living of off them while in return I voluntarily do some gardening or cleaning for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week was a valuable experience. But thinking about it now, I was very lucky to have been having that family as my first ‘host-family’ ever.

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