Welcome to Chiba 千葉県

Living alone for the first time. Got lost for about 3 hours, eventually made it home. Made a mate! Who knew, he would be my best friend for the next two years 🙂

Dating back to when I arrived. April 2015. I was put into a small one person apartment in a place called Higashi Funabashi 東船橋 (East Funabashi). No wifi and a place where no one spoke English, (I was also visa-less at this time) – being lost was an understatement. Anyway, got my visa sorted, did some shopping and then got lost on the way home for 3 hours resulting in getting a taxi without knowing my full address! This was when the initial “shit what am I doing” feeling set in. Fast forward to me meeting friends, fellow teachers and discovering the poison that is a “strong can” 9% alcohol in a can for under ¥200 (about €1.50) the temptation was too much!

My house was tiny. Here’s a panorama haha.

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I had my first week of training, meeting a bunch of fellow teachers, just like me. Discovering Japan and Tokyo in particular. Was comforting to know that everyone was in the same boat as me. I started work straight away on 1st of April (luckily Japanese people don’t know what April fools day is!)

Time flew by and in a couple of weeks we had Golden Week. This is a week in May that is a national holiday. Lots of festivals and generally known for being a busier season in Japan. This is when Anna visited! ~~~

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