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Falling into Autumn

Falling into Autumn

With the start of September, Tokyo Summer ended: no more yukatas, festivals, and fireworks shows. However, now that fall is officially here I’m excited for cooler weather and changing leaves. Tokyo summers are brutal. Heck, even today I find myself profusely sweating everywhere I walk.  Anyway, I welcomed the fall equinox in the best possible way, with a day trip and hiking. Saturday I went to Yokohama with some friends. One member of our group lives there and wanted to…

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Conquering Mount Fuji 

Conquering Mount Fuji 

Summer is officially over. My school assignments are in full swing. However, I had time for one last summer adventure. Last Sunday and Monday I climbed and conquered Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji. After nearly six months in Japan, I can finally cross something off of my bucket list. Not to sound arrogant or crazy in shape (because I don’t consider myself either) but I didn’t find the climb as difficult as I imagined. However, the descent was more brutal…

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Mother Daughter Reunion

Mother Daughter Reunion

The end of another work week is here (well, it was here this past Friday when I first drafted the majority of this post during my lunch hour at work. So, keep pretending it is Friday). I had long forgotten what it felt like to count down every week day, urging Friday to arrive sooner than later. Actually, I had easily grown accustomed to not even knowing the day of the week, waking up to perpetual Saturdays, never groaning about how…

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Morocco: Slumber Party in the Sahara Part II

Morocco: Slumber Party in the Sahara Part II

We had another early rising day and a delicious breakfast before piling once again into the van and continuing our way to the Sahara Desert. Since the first ride, everyone sits in the same seats, and I’m lucky that I’m sitting in the back row with some awesome people. We are definitely the cool row of the van. We continued our long drive through the hot Moroccan desert. Our day’s activities were focused around Berber culture. We toured some agricultural fields,…

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Cassis, Rouet, and l’ile de Porquerolles

Cassis, Rouet, and l’ile de Porquerolles

So this is my last official backlogged post! WOOHOO! I thought about just throwing in the towel and letting these last two weeks fly off into the wind, but I’d be doing a disservice to myself and my outstanding and loyal readers (10 months in, does anyone still read this?). 30 May I hadn’t yet been to Cassis, which is a beautiful beach town just east of Marseille, making it too far to go on scooter and 2 hours with…

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May Adventures Continued

May Adventures Continued

So here are so more updates from my May adventures. 23 May – Les Baux de Provence & Saint Remy de Provence I spent this lovely Saturday discovering these two small villages that are next to each other in the Alpilles. The Alpilles is a small range of low mountains. I went with a friend of mine (actually it was a date, but more on that later), and for spending an entire day together, I had a great time. We…

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Recent Updates

Recent Updates

So I’m just going to group about 2 weeks worth of random updates together, mostly because my weekends haven’t been super exciting. Plus, I’m going on vacation in a week and I have so much stuff left to do! First things first, yes. I’m going on vacation! WOOHOO!! I don’t know if I’ve ever needed a vacation more than I do now. Although, planning this vacation has me more stressed than I’ve been in 8 months! About a month ago…

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Calanque de l’Erevine

Calanque de l’Erevine

The first week of the school holiday was off to a great start. Monday, I conquered my fear of the gas stove and Tuesday I had the afternoon off since I worked a few extra hours the week before. I took the opportunity to go for a hike nearby. As it turns out, I actually went on a date in which we went hiking in the calanques nearby. My date picked me up and took me to Niolon, which is…

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A New Place to Call Home

A New Place to Call Home

Moving from Lancon de Provence to Ensues la Redonne was probably the easiest move I’ve had in my life. My move to France was just as easy, unless you count all the countless hours spent just to get my VIsa. I packed up my two suitcases and moved from one room to another, this one a bit smaller, but with a better view. It was pretty easy to get settled in as well. Of course I helped my host parents…

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Welcome Back, Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter

I know, I know, I have fallen off the wagon a bit in terms of updating. Yes, I am the one to blame, but I did move and lose internet for a whole 4 days so that has to count for something, right? I was honestly planning on updating it what seemed to be my last week of internet for a while, but things like Taxes, hiking, and spending time with friends took priority over blogging.  think that since it…

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