Wednesday, August 31, 2011

1 year

We have officially been living in Japan for a year now.  3 months into this tour, I felt like it was never going to end.  Now, I can't believe it's going by so fast!

Today marks 1 year of

*living in a foreign country
*being 8,000 miles away from friends and family
*squatting to pee in public restrooms
*living on a military base
*not understanding a word of what 90% of people around me are saying {I'm fixing this, I start Japanese lessons next week!}
*having access to some of the best public transportation in the world
*eating super fresh sushi
*being taller than 90% of people around me
*seeing movies a week or more after everyone else
*near daily adventures with my husband
*using chopsticks daily
*"hai", "konichiwa", "arigato"
*getting to know some awesome Japanese ladies
*driving on the left side of the road
*teaching English
*shopping online
*being 28 (I can't believe I'm going to be 29 in a few days!)
*feeling massively out of the loop
*not being able to stream movies/tv shows
*missing birthdays/weddings/holidays
*exploring a new country
*trying new foods
*life without our favorite American restaurants
*100 Yen finds
*eating the freshest Fuji apples!  YUM!

and it's been one of the best years of my life!


Jordan Cole said...

I absolutely love this! So glad you are taking full advantage of this adventure!

SEJ said...

I'm so glad it's been one of the best years of your life ... I hope I will feel that way too!

Kara said...

Yea!! I now live off base, couldn't imagine how to teach ESL, and I refuse to squat to pee if I can avoid it, but besides that....I agree!

Dannie said...

Why do you have to squat? Haha.

Jamie said...

I just came across your lovely blog. My husband is in the military as well. We would have loved to be stationed in Japan but that was not in our cards. I am following your blog now! :)