Second New Home
It wouldn’t be another month and a half until I actually arrived in Japan to start my new job as a fresh ALT.
During this time though, I didn’t receive my placement in Japan just yet. I was honestly really anxious about where I’d get placed. However, I was initially extremely flexible with my location preferences ensuring that it would be the surest way for me to get to Japan. Countryside, city, remote island, it didn’t matter at the time. I was down for any placement, just so long as Interac got me to Japan. *secretly hoping for the city though*
Lucky for me, I got a placement that would end up being the perfect mix of what I was looking for in a city — Sapporo. Here’s a glimpse of some pics from my IG:
Sapporo has the right amount of bustling urban-ness I need in a city, but is also nowhere near as crowded as Tokyo or Osaka, which makes for a nice balance. You could take a stroll in the city and not feel rushed to walk fast or get out of people’s ways constantly.
Winters, however, are apparently half-year long ordeals which was something that took some adjusting to, but I’ve since grown accustomed to it.
My first apartment was a teeny tiny standard ALT Leopalace apartment. Nothing fancy schmancy, but it was fully furnished which was a nice convenience.
While I wasn’t located directly in the city center (Chuo-ku), I was placed in a rather nice location located right next to Sapporo Dome, the main sports stadium where many concerts and sports events are held.
My relatively short-lived time in this apartment was how shall I put it… beautiful (to say the least).
For those who don’t know where and how I lived prior to getting my very own apartment, you should know that I lived with roommates/coworkers/dormies in various living situations for the past six years. The latter two years were spent occupying the living room of a rented house with seven coworkers. Yes, seven! Irvine is not cheap. And yes, my “room” was the living room. On the plus side, there was never a dull moment in the house and my rent was only $200 so yeah… I’ll stop here though, as I could write a novella of all the stories that came from living in this crazy house.
Anyways, I was happy to finally have some P-R-I-V-A-C-Y for a change, along with some peace and quiet with my own space to myself.
With an official start date from September 1st, the start of my scheduled week-long ALT training was also the very same day as my arrival in Japan. The ALT life awaits.