Photos from #Japan : #Kategawa Castle and Shrine

My first full day in Japan, I visited a university friend who’s been teaching English since 2002. He lives in Shizuoka Prefecture, and we met up in Kategawa, 90 minutes south of Tokyo by train. This is what Japan’s “countryside” looks like, and this area grows mostly buckwheat. However, industry is never far away – […]

Photos from China: Don’t drink and shop!

I didn’t, actually, not at the same time, so that advice is misplaced. I spent yesterday with my amazing co-worker Sosena: she was born and grew up in Ethiopia, went to university in St Petersburg and Odessa (BSc in Statistics!), visits her family in France regularly, and came here from living in Queens, New York.  Sosena’s in […]

Photos from China: THE PARK

I’ve been wanting to visit this park almost since the day I got here.  It surrounds a fairly tall peak, atop which is a pagoda that’s lit up at night.  All of my fellow teachers have told me the park is huge and beautiful…except for the zoo.  Apparently there’s a horribly sad zoo where they […]