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Why I packed my bags and followed my heart

Climbing Mt. Fuji throughout the night and watching the sun rise from above the clouds was probably the hardest and most exhilarating experience I had in Japan.
Climbing Mt. Fuji throughout the night and watching the sun rise from above the clouds was probably the hardest and most exhilarating experience I had in Japan.

No, it wasn’t for a boy.

I was twenty-two years old. Bright-eyed and fresh out of college with two bachelor’s degrees. My bags were packed by the door and ready for the move.

Almost a year earlier, I had sent in my application to be an English Teacher in Japan. The application process for the JET Program is a lengthy one, so I didn’t find out until April (about six months later) if I passed the interview. Fortunately, I did and was promptly swept into a whirlwind of preparations before leaving. Continue reading Why I packed my bags and followed my heart