Week 22 (March 31)

Posted: March 31, 2014 in Weekly update

Ok, so I just spent the last half hour typing up a really detailed blog post for your enjoyment, but all my hard work ended up in vain, as the words were swallowed by a giant monster living somewhere in cyberspace. I hope my words were delicious.

On Monday I had my final day of teaching at the company class. We did a more relaxed lesson, as I turned the contents of the TOEIC test into a 2-team competition. It was a great way to wrap up the 28-day business English boot camp, and the students all said they enjoyed my class.

The following morning, I headed to Shikoku island for a day hike with my good friend Ted. Shikoku island is home to a 1200-km Buddhist route that loops around the entire island connecting 88 temples associated with the Shugendo sect of Buddism. After briefly visiting temple #1, we drove to the final temple and took a taxi down the valley so we could hike the last 8km of the route. Even though the pollen counts were high, it was an enjoyable walk in the countryside and a chance for Ted to do a little more research for a book he is writing about the pilgrimage. We finished off the long day with a soak in a local hot spring.

Mid-week brought another home visit from nurse Yohara. I asked her if patients ever accidentally skip doses and she said it was fairly common among elderly patients. I feel proud to admit that I haven’t forgotten to take my medicine even one time, but I sure I probably just jinxed myself by saying that. I’ve still got 3 weeks to have a mental lapse which could very well happen considering my schedule will change dramatically from the second week of April when the semester officially starts.

Since rain was forecast for Sunday, I seized a small fair-weather window and woke up at the crack of dawn for another hike on Saturday. I went to northern Kyoto Prefecture near the Sea of Japan where I thought the pollen counts would be lower. Unfortunately my nose rain like a neglected faucet and I even starting coughing a bit. I guess I was tempting fate by not giving myself enough time to recover from Tuesday’s hike. On Sunday morning I woke to find my usual clear mucus had turned yellow and that my chihuahua hack had developed into a full-blown cough of the Saint Bernard variety. I guess it was my body’s way of telling me to take a few days off and rest.

The last day of teaching with my company class

The last day of teaching with my company class



  1. Ireland Quiles says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, this made me feel better to conquer my fear. And one of the people inspire me to achieve my dreams even though we have this. I hope to see you and help other people like me. Thank you.

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