Category: Personal Memoirs

Visiting Home After Making Your Own

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Bilbo Baggins

But what do you do when you go out your door to return home?

You have been There and Back again, but where is “There?” Adventure drew you away from your original home to a new one, and in “coming Back” you are now “going There.” In a sense you have become a tourist in your own town, a guest in your own home.

This was the strange affection I sensed as I returned home for the first time in 9 months.

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First Chances at Final Farewells – Why a proper goodbye is a skill you need to have

Why are goodbyes are always so difficult?

For many people the answer is simple: a goodbye marks the definitive end of a time spent with someone. What once was is now no more, and before you part for the final time, you have this final chance to say what you want to say.

But it’s never enough time.

Hasta la vista, adieu, or sayonara, the meaning is the same across all languages as is the difficulty of saying the words. It never gets any easier, but learning how to part ways properly is one of the most important skills a person can develop.

You never get a second chance at a final farewell.

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Spending a Single Saturday in Sapporo

You have a single day in Sapporo. How do you spend it?

If you’re anything like me, you want to get the most out of the day, so that means waking up early and getting back late. But you don’t care, because you’re too busy to think about it.

Here’s how I made the most of a single day in Sapporo. Hopefully you will find something in here to help you make the most of your travels too!

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温泉の経験 – Onsen Experiences

Steam slaps you in the face and you are surrounded by naked people. The water scalds your skin as you enter it and you acclimate slowly. You unwind as the stress flows out of you.

Welcome to the onsen.

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