Surfing in Kochi!

Last month I went surfing for the first time in my life, and let me tell you it was hard!

A friend of mine is really into surfing and he let us use his equipment while he went on a sailing trip for the weekend. We totally took advantage of the situation and made it a girls weekend. This was probably the best weekend I’ve had since I arrived in Japan!

It has been years since the last time I’ve seen the ocean so it was fantastic to be near actual waves, real sand and salty water (although my lungs did not appreciate the salty water after one too many falls!)

Surfing didn’t go that well. Those waves really got the best out of me, but we all had a great time just paddling and falling consistently. The best part of Kochi however, was at night when you can see thousands of stars! You could just sit there for hours on end staring at the sky. I had never seen stars actually twinkle until I’ve visited Kochi, so that was definitely the highlight of the trip. Unfortunately I have not been able to go back since, but it was definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, so I thought I’d post some photos. Enjoy!

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Keeping you posted!

Typhoon Update…

Hello everyone!

Some of you have been trying to reach me to make sure that I’m doing ok as Typhoon Melor makes its way through Japan. To all of you, thank you for keeping an eye out for me!

I’m doing fine and everyone here is fine as well. We actually didn’t get hit as bad as expected. Last night there were some strong winds, but nothing major and by the time I woke up this morning it had stopped raining altogether and the sun was trying to break though (although it failed at doing so).

I was totally prepared for it though! I have enough food to feed a small army, movies, tea, hot chocolate, books and a blanket… what else could I need?

Anyways I just wanted to let you all know that I have survived my first typhoon and that I do appreciate all your concerns.

Keeping you posted!

Crossing the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge

A few weekends ago, two of the girls I work with and I decided to bike across the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge.

The Kurushima bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge structure that spans a series of islands, and joins Shikoku Island (where I live) to Honshu Island, where one finds Hiroshima.

The bridge was completed in 1999, and is 4, 015 m in length.

The day could not be more perfect. The clear blue sky gave us a great visibility of all the surrounding islands, and while it was hot it was not as humid as it had been a few days before. We rode from Imabari which is the city on the border of Shikoku Island to Oshima Island. Then we went down to Oshima and had a well deserved ice cream, walked a bit around the marina and made our way back.

The bikes we rented were so nice too.They were pretty sleek, and most importantly they were speed bikes! Our bikes in Saijo and Niihama do not have speeds, and they are also not the most ergonomically correct bikes, so your behind feels every bump while riding on the sidewalk.

Going up to the bridge was hard work! I tried to act cool and composed, but to be quite honest I was feeling pretty out of breath, which is scary because that means that I’m pretty out of shape! So I have decided to go back until I can go up to the bridge without puffing my way up the path.

Crossing the bridge was on my to do list while living in Japan, so I was psyched that I got to do it in such a perfect day with great companions. The view is also quite spectacular so I thought I’d share some of the pictures with you.

IMG_0845IMG_0858IMG_0859IMG_0872Keeping you posted!