Japan Day 1

Back in January, I spent a few days in Japan with my friend, Faith. Faith and I met two years ago at our EPIK orientation and have been friends ever since. We both really wanted to see Hiroshima so off we went!

On the plane to Osaka, we sat next to a Korean high school student that was going to Osaka all alone. She was really sweet and carried around a notebook. She asked everyone she talked with to write down their names. She wanted to take a picture with us so I took one too!

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Being from America, I’ve gotten used to paying for food on planes if I want a snack. Even on a budge airline (Air Busan), they provided us with a meal… and our flight was only 1 hour 20 minutes.

IMG_4858When we got to Osaka, we immediately made a beeline for the bathroom. We were not prepared for what we saw there. It was amazing!

We headed straight for the train station to get our Rail Passes. To anyone planning to travel around Japan a bit, I HIGHLY recommend getting a Rail Pass. They must be bought outside of Japan so plan accordingly! Japan is expensive — especially transportation! The rail pass covers any JR train, bus or ferry so we definitely got a lot of value out of our rail passes.

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The train from Osaka to Hiroshima was so nice!

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Once we got to Hiroshima, we headed straight to our hostel. We were really happy with our hostel! It was really conveniently located and easy to get to. We booked a private room for 2 at J-Hoppers Hiroshima and we slept on mats on the floor. It was surprisingly comfortable!

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After we dropped our bags at the hostel, we went exploring around Hiroshima.

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We found a really great restaurant. We had fried rice and fried dumplings and it was all amazing! The owners of the restaurant had a little boy that was so adorable. He spent a lot of the night pretending to be shy and then coming to entertain us. And when we left he shrieked “Byyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” at us.

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A year in photos – Day 16

Monday, March 12

Student Elections

I forgot how cute the 6th graders are during student elections time. They get their friends together, make campaign posters and march around the front of the school. Today, as I walked into school, this group of boys made sure I knew to vote for #4 (I don’t even get a vote). Later, when I stepped back outside to take more photos, these girls ran over with their signs. So today you get two photos because I couldn’t pick just one.

The boy in the center is running (obviously). Update: He won the election.

The girl on the left is running. You can also see some of the campaigning madness in the background.

A year in photos – Day 15

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Sunday, March 11

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Tonight I ordered a Gorgonzola pizza for dinner. It was a bit of a surprise when it came out topped with potato chips.

A year in photos – Day 14

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Saturday, March 10

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I took this photo today at Woobang Tower Land in Daegu. I went on a road trip with Dave, Shanna and Jamie (the duo has been affectionately named Shamie). We were going to eat in the revolving restaurant in the tower, but as it turns out, no one was in the mood for robster.

A year in photos – Day 13

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Friday, March 9

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If you’re ever out and about in Korea and are in desperate need of a pair of socks, don’t worry! Socks are sold EVERYWHERE! This truck is parked across the street from my apartment quite often.

A year in photos – Day 12

Thursday, March 8

I got this amazing care package in the mail today from Ashleigh. It was so thoughtful. I knew she was going to send Girl Scout Cookies, but the rest was a complete surprise. I absolutely love it!

A year in photos – Day 11

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Wednesday, March 7

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I get instant messages (in Korean) on my work computer all day long. I usually translate them because I’ve found it’s the best way to stay informed. The translations are really butchered, but I can usually tell what’s important and what isn’t.

Today I found this gem waiting for me when I got back from lunch…. Apparently only 8 out of 10 Koreans fart. Who would have known? Haha