vantage point

vantage point
Originally uploaded by M and C.
Yesterday we went hiking on trails that go through the mountains behind our apartment complex. It was incredible to be amongst trees on dirt trails (sometimes it was more like rockclimbing than hiking). We spend so much time here surrounded by buildings and train stations, it was really refreshing for the soul. Actually, the areas we walked through looked very similar to Pacific NW USA trails - parts of it looked just like the arboretum on the WWU campus. It is strange to remember where we were at this point last year, so excited to experience the unknown. And now it feels familiar and comfortable here, even though we are still discovering new things every day.

We are in the middle of Golden Week here. Last Friday, and this Tues - Thurs. are all national holidays, so everyone is off work and the weather has been perfect. The last few weeks have been difficult for people in our area. The terrible train accident recently was a train that connected our town of Takarazuka to Osaka, so many of the people involved were from our area. Both of us have students who lost family members, and neighboring schools lost students. It really shook the communities. It affected so many people directly, and it reminded everyone else that we never really know if or when something like that could happen to us or our families. So, live your life with that awareness, and tell your loved ones that you love them whenever you can. I'm trying to do the same.


At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm so happy to see that you guys enjoying life in japan.

and oh my god, yeah the train derailment!!! even in tokyo, that news is everywhere....!! the train was running from takarazuka to amagasaki(osaka) right?? i was wondering if you guys were not involved. that was really scary!

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Nymeria said...

Nick, Lisa and I think this is a great view, and you know, there are a lot of views like this one in Portland. There's the one from Council Crest, the one from the Pittock Mansion, the one from Washington Park, the one from the Rose Garden, the one from the Portland Grill, the one from the Chart House, the one from Mt. Tabor, or really any of the ones in the Columbia River Gorge. Really, Portland is a city of great views, and great food, and great music and great people, we really think you should move here when you come back from Japan.


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