Hi everyone! I’ve been living in my apartment in Nara since Wednesday, but I haven’t had a phone or internet since then so I apologize for the lack of updates. Lately I’ve been biking around town in search of wifi, but as a result I’ve found some really neat places as well. It turns out there are lots of unexpected, beautiful shrines right around the corner from my place, which is incredible. Anyways, I’ve been able to find some spotty connection at a Mister Donut near the train station. I used it to send an “SOS” to one of the JETs already in the area, and miraculously she was able to meet me within about 30 minutes. She gave me a quick tour of the area and taught me how to work certain things in my apartment like the digital bathtub panel, and how to dry clothes outside (dryers, like ovens, are apparently not common in Japan).
Things in the apartment are great! It was actually bigger than I expected and has faux hardwood floor (no tatami maintenance). I’ve got a small balcony area outside and the view is pretty great in my opinion. I’m a little too shy to work the oven currently, so I’ve been buying fresh bento to eat for my meals (delicious, btw).
On Saturday, I met all the other Nara JETs for a wonderful dinner at a place called Toriki. I had to take a train all by myself though so I was pretty nervous. Even as I got on the train I was a little overwhelmed and worried that I was about to go the wrong way. It all worked out though so now I feel a little more brave for next time 🙂
I hope to post some pictures soon but it’s a little difficult at the moment. I plan to get a Japanese phone this upcoming week so I should be back in the swing of things by then (and not feeling like I’m on a deserted island, haha!).