Hyogo here I come!

The letter finally came today! I’ve been placed in…

Toyooka City

…in the Hyogo prefecture!

Not quite where I thought I’d end up but I’m really happy with it. It’s a city that’s on the western side of the Kansai region and is very close to the Sea of Japan.

It has some really nice looking tourist spots like Takeno beach and a few nice hot springs in Kinosaki. Lots of things for me to explore!

One thing I won’t be prepared for is snow!! But I am so excited for a white Christmas. I’ve never had a white Christmas or even lived somewhere where it’s actually snowed. It’s been such a whirlwind day and now my neighbours can stop looking at me like I’m completely insane for constantly checking the letterbox. Woo!

Also today I kicked something off my ‘to do list’ and walked to the top of the Richmond hills. Long walk up, but it was a really nice day so it was really pleasant.  550m straight up. I was higher than the planes. It was around 8km there and back. My legs aren’t as forgiving as I was hoping they’d be.


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Absolutely stunning Nelson day. Now the next part is to do my research on my city and to start to get my medicine import forms done. Getting super excited. I’m looking forward to the Q&A session in Wellington in the middle of June but time is just flying by now. Soon it’ll be time to start thinking about what to pack…



Placements are coming….

The next lot of waiting almost over. Letters from the Wellington consulate have been posted this morning and I have made camp by my letter box. Might have terrified the postie this afternoon with my enthusiasm in regards to get the mail.  Damn bank statement had my heart up in my throat in a panic.

(side note – damn AKL had their placements emailed to them, grrrrr lucky bums)

BUT hopefully this will be the last lot of nervous waiting, well, until the real countdown to August 2nd begins.

Fingers crossed I don’t end up too far out in the wop wops.

End of an era

In only four days I will leave my job of 4-5 years. It is a bizarre feeling, working the last week that I’ll work there. It’s an unhealthy mixture of nerves and excitement with a slightly massive undertone of worry. Balancing full time work, university and actually having a life has been a real eye opener over the years. Mostly that if you want something you have to earn it. It’s not just going to magically come your way.

Routine is very hard to get out of and I think I’m ready for a change. I have felt stuck in a rut at my work for a while now. I might not miss the job but there are people I will miss and people who I will not. So as the week counts down towards Thursday I’ll be thinking of the future and of the past and how I’ve changed. (hopefully for the better)

I have just over one month of leave to use and then I’ve got around one month until departure. If I somehow get disqualified from JET (god forbid)  I will still have a job at a closer to home branch of my work. Probably not as good as my current job but hey a job is a job. I’m all about the backup plans. You can never be too prepared especially if you are as pessimistic as I am.

Four days. It’s like a dream.

Then during the wee hours of pre morning on Saturday, I’m hitching a ride with my car on the ferry.   I’m moving home to sunny, non-windy Nelson effectively ending my 6 year residency in Wellington. Can’t say I won’t miss it. Nothing can beat Wellington on a good day.