Wow, so five weeks have gone by since I've last updated my eventful life! Thing have been good and things have been bad too. I can't really say they've been bad, but they've been challenging to say the least. First and foremost I got a new job! I didn't just get a new job, but I got an outstanding job with a fantabulous salary and staff! The staff are kind and understanding and I've received good training and support so far. I think I can be a good teacher and hopefully I can get better at teaching kids too! I am really happy about my job and I really enjoy it, especially in trying to be better.
The challenging part right now is finding a new apartment and affording it! Apparently in Japan, when you rent an apartment it does NOT come with appliances! Also there are all these nifty fees like "fire", "life emergency", "cleaning the apartment for the next person moving in", "the thank you for letting me live in your apartment fee", and the "key money". I am sure I'm forgetting something, but you get the idea. I can only hope my company finds me an apartment that has reasonable "fees" and "deposits" so I won't be paying them half my salary for the next year!
Otherwise in five weeks I've been to Kyoto another 3 times, I've seen part of Umeda, I've revisited sights in Nara and Osaka. In addition, I learned a lot about Japanese relationships and how there is no such thing as girls and guys being friends. If you go to dinner with a guy he will expect sex. I had two other friends who "claimed" to be concerned for me and wanted to help me, but in the end I questioned their sincerity due to their behavior. I try not to judge people, but unfortunately there are a few people in particular I've decided are not good for me and I've had to move on.
Anyway, I am not so good today, so I will have to write more later.