So... We have left Kumagaya and are now Hiroshimites. En route we took a short holiday to Bali. We have been there three times now so had pretty much exhausted all the obvious tourist haunts so decided this time to just 'chill'. Now to many this will seem a natural state to be in whilst on holiday but for me (and now by extension Rachel) this is far from what we normally do. Rachel did that raised eyebrow thing when I said that sitting around a pool, the beach, eating and drinking was sounded great. She was still checking that everything was ok doing what we were doing 8 days into our 10 day break.
Bali is still one of the most beautiful places we have been. Its smells, visual delights both natural and man-made gladden your heart whilst and, as long as you are off the roads, the tingling of temple bells and pan pipes seem to drift on the warm breeze everywhere you go.
Wow de wow wow wow wow!
|One of the old trams on the city streets|
We have been out shopping around the second had shops and because the Japanese just like buying stuff they get rid of really good things that have nothing wrong with them. Consequently we have bought table, drawer units, sofa and heaters for only a few hundred quid. It all white and relatively trendy, seems to match and (indication of how new this stuff is) is still on sale in Nitori (their version of IKEA). We spurged out on a really comfy bed, wild curtains and a few other brand new bits and pieces and the whole lot now looks like a real home.
|Apartment with sliding wall to bedroom 1 open|
We have both bought bikes. Rachel as well!!!! For those who knew her you would not recognise this woman whizzing here, there and everywhere on her new white sit up and beg bike with a basket. I went second hand but bought a really good lightweight bike i can use for road racing which i hope to get into as they do a lot of that stuff here.
Our apartment is just off the river (about 25metres). One of seven that run through the delta that Hiroshima is built on. Bike tracks and running tracks run along all of the rivers and its really easy to get about using these wide tarmac surfaces. We have joined a gym thats 1.5 km away, up the river, over the bridge and down the other side. Its a 7 min bike ride so really convenient and really cheap comparing to what we have paid elsewhere.
I have been offered jobs from just about any interview I have done. Its been incredible. The Eisho nursery (you can see it on google maps) offered me 5 hours a week almost immediately, I work with 5 to 12 year olds at the YMCA and present something they call 'Chris Time' where I basically wind the kids up for 15 minutes in lots of different classes and then hand them back to the teachers. I have also picked up two afternoons at Junior High School and some business lessons. Its ended up with me actually having more hours than Rachel although this is only temporary as she thinks she has got some business classes and definitely some elementary work. Consequently we earn at least 50% more than before and only work 4 reasonably short days. Fabulous.
|Misty morning from just by our apartment|
|Along the river|
To all who know us and read our blogs. Please come to "Our" city and visit. You will not be disappointed.