Monday, May 18, 2009

Here for a good time, not a long time.

We had been gone for around half a year when we returned to Nagoya on April 26th. In our time we visited 6 countries that neither of us had ever been to before, and spent time with our friends and families in Florida, Toronto area, and Vancouver. The most difficult part about coming back has been trying to remember how to speak Japanese! Fortunately our many good friends here have helped us comfortably get used to life in Japan again.

Friends like...

Medama no Oyaji! This little guy loves us. He seems to show up at all of our big parties.

This is Yukiko with "Tomato" (or Tomohiro). He's Japanese, but his English is great. Of course Yukiko's English is great too; she teaches at Meijo University in Nagoya!

Here I am with Colin. Hmm, I think Colin has had a couple drinks. Oh well, we'll forgive him since he's such a nice chap. Also, he gave me this crackin' party shirt!

Some of the finest English teachers in Ichonimiya and Nagoya.
From left: Dave, Yukiko, Ian, Tara, Lydia, and Angela. Many thanks to Angela for letting us use her apartment while she's in America!


So far I'm having a great time catching up with my friends and students here. Many people have been asking me how long I'll be in Japan. The answer is: I don't know exactly yet, but around 2 months. Tara and I will be returning to London, Ontario in July and going to school again in September. So for those of you in Japan, I hope we get to have some good times together for the next two months. Those of you in North America can expect me back later this summer (ready for ball hockey).


Friday, May 01, 2009

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

The great thing about having friends all over the world is that there are always people you're looking forward to seeing when you travel, and there's always a warm welcome for you at the airport or train station.
The hard thing about having friends all over the world is that you're always saying goodbye to somebody and always missing somebody.

(The Rocky Mountains in Beautiful BC)

Since mid-February we have been catching up with family and friends all over North America, and now are catching up with our good friends here in Japan. We had 10 weeks split between Florida, London (Ontario) and Toronto, and Vancouver. We had the best comapny in all cities; saw concerts, a hockey game, parks, and ate much too much good food. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who made us feel at home again. We didn't get near as much time to spend with any of you as I'd have liked, but c'est la vie, non? For those of you that we didn't manage to meet up with this time... well, all the more stories to share next time!

(Tara tries on a hat in the Granville Island market.)

(Ian falls in love again on Granville Island. That's one big cookie!)

(Ali shows off her martial arts skills on the dock. Aside from this attack she was very helpful in showing us around town.)

(The Sea to Sky Highway connects Vancouver to Whistler on a scenic route.)

(Ian and his brother, Kevin, on the road to Whistler.)

(Aww, brotherly love.)