Shin-Osaka Station Hotel
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... tests and speeches at university worth it.
Tomorrow is my incredibly busy day. Six classes plus the after school club activity and the cram school. Hopefully I can stay awake for the whole day! I may or may not have fell asleep for 15 minutes or so at my desk today. Kim-sensei woke me up and asked if I was feeling alright, gave me sweets and made me coffee. I don't even drink coffee but admittedly I was in desperate need of the ...
... They're only kids, so at least I won't be getting the boyfriend questions from them, (haha). It will be interesting to see how it is different to teach students who are much younger.
Next week begins my busiest week yet. The students who wrote their job résumés last week now have to be interviewed. Only Niall and I are interviewing, perhaps so the students don't cave and speak Japanese instead. Even though Niall has been here for about ...
... don't get anywhere else in Kyoto (or even Japan). It's quite a fascinating place, with fish being brought live, live octopus being kept in buckets before being sold, marinated fish and vegetables, lobsters, and such.
I then head back, big goodbye to Sascha and Robin, and make my way down to Ősaka. The journey takes around 40 minutes on a normal express train which averages about 80km/h and not a ridiculous 200km/h like the Shinkansen.
Continued in ...
... happy to help them out though. I wonder what I was actually signing! Hopefully I didn't sign my soul away!
In stark contrast to Kinkakuji, a short walk down the road was Ryoanji, a peaceful zen temple with a beautiful pond in front of it and also a very famous rock garden. The rock garden is famous for it's simple beauty, which is very different to the other, often very elaborate gardens that I have seen so far. It was nice to stop and rest awhile before heading on to ...
... of each other. They were having great fun.
The night was cold, so I was glad to see a row of market stalls. I happily bought a pair of split-toe flowery red socks. My feet were much warmer, but it took a while to get used to the mitten-like design. We were lucky to come upon a koto concert by three kimono-clad women. It was lovely.
Hard to believe we've done so much in just two days!