With just 26 days to go I finally know of all my information regarding my placement. After weeks of waiting impatiently I wake up one lovely morning at 6:20 am, finding it hard to drag myself out for my 5 mile walk; until I glance down at my phone that is. With a lazy hand and sleepy eyes I reach over for my i-phone and check my e-mails on habit, expecting nothing more the general spam from the likes of etsy and amazon I was more than pleasantly surprised to discover more not one or two, but Three of four e-mails from the BOE of Nagasaki along my with my various predecessors. And just like that I jumped up with the energy of a hundred wound up toys as I scanned through the library of information before me. I was so overwhelmed I missed out on a bunch of information the first time I read it so It’s a good thing my excitement had me reading them over and over for the rest of the day. So as you can guess from the title of this post I’m going to be living in the southern part of Nagasaki-shi and I could not be more excited! With a population of 430,000 people crammed into 406.35 km2 Nagasaki promises to not only be rich in history and diverse culture but also to be a very exciting place! With the Dutch and Chinese influences Nagasaki surely will be an exciting and interesting place to live and yet rather peaceful as it has been described to be a glorified town.
I did have a surprise coming my way, however, in the news that I would be teaching at 2 Junior High Schools and 2 Elementary schools. At first I was a little unsure on how to react since I had been looking forward – if not a little daunted- by the thought of teaching in Senior High schools but ultimately I am really happy with the schools I will be in! One of them will be up a mountain, from which I will have a wonderful view and with all my schools being around 40 minutes away walking distance at the most I have the option of taking a nice walk to school or catching the tram (an option which I am most definitely looking forward too). Near two of my schools there is also an orphanage so I will be teaching a lot of orphans who attend them and I think it may be a sad and yet very rewarding experience so I am particularly looking forward to that.
I’ve been really lucky with my apartment predecessor and she’s been absolutely wonderful with giving me pictures and sending me a list of things to buy from her ready for when I get there. I have to admit at the start I was a little disappointed with my apartment for a few reasons but on reflection I think I was just getting a little scared and overwhelmed and all of my anxiety and fear attached itself onto this one thing like a parasite, sucking all of the fun and excitement from me. Good thing I had people around me to laugh and tell me lovingly that I’m a fucking idiot. Being 2.5 hrs away from Fukuoka and 3.5hrs away from Kumamoto I am defiantly going to be visiting these two prefectures, especially since Fukuoka was my first choice and Kumamoto was my second! I also have loads of friends back from my year at Kitakyushu university in and around Fukuoka so I’m hoping to visit them often! (Especially since I found out there there is an owl cafe just opened in Hakata, Fukuoka) Let me leave you with some photo’s of places I have been recommended to visit by one of my wonderful predecessors.
Got some of my pictures from Google and here: