After much discussing with my Japanese “family” a 3 month stay is now in the works.
It started with a conversation about visas which is always stressful for me and is sad for them. Always coming up with new master plans etc. at the end of my お母さん’s (Japanese mama) weekly English Lesson.
We were discussing when I would go back for a visit…..which prompted me to tell them I would like to go visit for 3 months. Rent an apartment off AirBnB and just actually LIVE there. I told them about AirBnB and showed them listings…….
「めっちゃたかい！(very expensive!) You don’t want to stay at our house? You are always welcome to use your room!!」 This went on for about 10 minutes while I asked if that long was really ok.
Their response to that?
“Of course it’s ok! You don’t want to? You’re always welcome at our home for as long as you want!”
So basically I got scolded lol and questioned if I was ok with staying with them that long. Of course I am lol.
I didn’t want to impose on my friends for that long. Thought it would be rude…..little did I know it was rude of me to consider staying somewhere else hahaha
Ashlynn, what about your job?
Oh! Thanks for asking!
I currently work as a group sales assistant manager for a local hotel/golf resort. While it is a decent job I don’t get paid THAT much and there is a lot of down time. And I figure that if I’m going to do a test of living there and basically jump ship for 3 months I figure when better to do it than now?
I turn 19 in October. I live at home. I’m not in a relationship. I’m finished with school and I really don’t have that many bills. And truthfully while my job can be fun not that attached to it.
So why not? When I come back to America I will simply find another job. Just like last time I went to Japan.
Isn’t that terribly expensive to go somewhere and not work for 3 months?
Yes. Yes it is.
It’s a really good thing I’m a saver. Otherwise it would be impossible.
Isn’t it stressful to plan a trip that long?
Yes. You should see all the excel spreadsheets I have already made. For expenses while there. And for how much I am allotting for things per month such as food (I always help with groceries etc. At my friends house and cook often XD) and bus/metro fare etc.
For 3 months and not working (not allowed to without a visa) I have to be EXTREMELY ORGANIZED.
Already putting a binder together to take with me that will be filled with required travel documents, english lessons, print outs of my spreadsheets I can fill in as the weeks go by, and new recipes for my お母さん。
When are you going?
We were originally thinking March-may. But now my friends want me to tour a college in kyoto. But that only happens in June.
SOOOOOOOOOO per request of my “family” who want me to go on a tour of a college (they want me to study abroad there lol though I am already finished community college because I started at 15) I will most likely be going APRIL-JUNE.
Are you nervous for being away from the USA and your family that long?
I’m excited. I’m excited to see my friends. My favorite sights. Eat my favorite foods. Experience it all over again. I’m excited to not have to worry about the dreadful countdown of departure day as much.
I’m just a little nervous/stressed about the planning process. Just want to be sure I can save enough money to not have to worry about anything while there.
What’s with the title of this blog?
It’s always funny to me and my friends. Everyone in Japan assumes they are my “home stay” family. And that I’m a foreign exchange student. So when we were talking about me quiting my job and going over there they kept laughing because people will think I’m a home stay kid even more now because of the length of time. So when we were discussing what we would be calling this trip…..I let apparently the joke of the century slip out I said “it’s just like an……..an…..I know! An extended vacation” They just let loose hahaha
“Extended vacation??? まじ？！HAHHAHAHAHAH”
So despite it not really being a vacation because I won’t have a job to be on vacation from, that’s what we are calling it. It’s actually just living abroad for a short period of time.
I think extended vacation just sounds more……positive.
Are you ready for something this serious?
Who knows if a person is ever really ready for something. Sometimes you just have to go for it. It’s been my dream since I was little to live in Japan. It’s just time to take the first step. 3 month trial here I come!
It’s time to figure out what the plan is for life. How I will get a visa etc. But at the same time I don’t want to stress about that.
Sometimes things just work out. Figure I go there for a while and maybe that will give it a little push.
I’ll do my best!
(Any words of encouragement etc. Would be warmly received!)
I can’t wait to touch the sky once again.