4 Months & Counting
4 Months & Counting
Man I can’t believe it’s been over 4 months since I got here. I mean so much has changed in these 4 months. It’s been 4 months I know (well more than that) and I’m sorry, but life has been fast paced, and time has gotten away from me. I have videos to put out, they just need to be edited. I’ve been studying like crazy for the JLPT (it’s next week) and I got a new job (a better… one?) Really, there has been a lot.
So, let’s start with the first month?
August to September
I landed in Narita on the 17th in the afternoon. I only got about 1 hour of sleep, 30 minutes here and 30 minutes there. On a 14-hour flight (and that sucked). When I met my friend that I was staying with we sent most of my bags to Osaka from the airport and went to the grocery store (to get some food for breakfast) and then to her house. We hung out for a bit before heading out to meet up with another one of my friends for yakiniku (焼き肉 やきにく)! It was awesome and very delicious! By the end of the day I was so tired I passed out on the train, I was so glad that my friend was there to wake me up cause I could have ended up anywhere. The next day we went to the Ghibli Exhibition and I met up with a girl who would be one of my new co-workers. After that we went back to my friend’s place and her mom made curry for dinner! The next day I was on the plane to Osaka.
In Osaka, we were set up in a hotel for a few days until we could get into our apartments. And here is where the trouble started. So, the day I went to find my apartment wasn’t that hard (mostly because I looked it up before going to the place), getting my two bags up the stairs, ok, a little more difficult. First, I tried to open the wrong door (206 and I am 209) then as I was bringing my bags into my apartment I ripped my toe nail right off my foot (well I had to pull the rest out of my toe cause it was just sitting up out of my skin). So now here I am bleeding in a foreign country with no way to call anyone, and what did I do? I just sat there crying for like 15 to 20 minutes (I just panicked and that was the first thing I could do). After my little crying session, I tried to get the internet set up and after another trip to the leasing office (yes toe and all) I managed to get it working, well it was set up but not really working.
The next day we started training. It was about this time when I knew everything was out to get me, but I really didn’t know to what extent.
So, I found out on the first day of training that I really didn’t have a school to go to after training was over (so really I didn’t have a job, technically). So now we’re doing training and they keep referring to certain things with having a school and I have to ask questions constantly, “what about this?”, “how about that?”. So, the 5 of us (yes 5) that didn’t have schools definitely had more issues when it came to all the set up and schedules. Training was… what training usually is (a lot of information all at once in hopes that you can get everything right). After training everyone else was going off to their schools and I was sitting at home… all day. I couldn’t see friends cause that was money. I couldn’t see friends cause they were all busy. In other words I was bored. The internet sucked and was in out the whole time so I had no way of really doing anything.
Every once in a while, I would get a call from the office to go in. So, I would travel the hour to get there only to have to sign some papers and then leave. Yes…I am dead serious.
September to October
Around the end of September, we were told about another job opportunity (because they were paying us and we weren’t doing anything) with the Board of Education (BOE). I decided to apply. My thought process was that I probably wouldn’t get the job. I had most of their requirements met but I didn’t have the teaching experience they had asked for. So imagine to my surprise when I got an interview. At the end of the interview the lady was like we’ll let you know at the end of the month. I went home thinking I did terrible, and I really had. I was like they’ll never call me back. So, I am sitting at home a few hours after the interview, waiting for later in the day, cause I had plans, when Interac calls me. I answered (duh) thinking that I needed to sign some more papers when I am told that I got the job with the BOE.
Let me tell you I was seriously surprised. I was thinking that I wouldn’t want to take the job even if I got it (on that off change) but after getting the job I really had no choice. Interac had started all the paperwork for me to resign before they even called. (Come to think of it now I am wondering what I was thinking trying to turn down a better job that paid more and had better insurance… wow I was an idiot for even thinking that.)
October to November and beyond
I started my new job on October 3 and it’s been crazy ever since. Not in a bad way but in that way where I love my job! All my teachers are nice, the students are awesome and it’s just a joy being here. But I’ve been so busy with all of this that I really have been slacking to the extreme with this being I’m making it pretty high on my list from now on. I think for now it’s work, study, and blog. I am going to be doing my best so please bear with me.