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It’s My Birthday

And I’m off to Spain! But I wanted to tell you about my first (of hopefully many haha I joke I joke) birthday presents. First, THIS incredibly humbling blog-post by fellow blogger, Laura.
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Second, pictures from my birthday eve, spent with a very special family. One who gave me their home, bicycle, fresh vegetables and unconditional love for an entire month then threw me this dinner and gave me these presents and money (osenbetu). I felt so embarrassed, I should have been doing that for them! But I am so joyful to have shared in the joy of such an evening on a birthday far from home.
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Last, this message from Jose. I request PAELLA! Hehe, see you guys V V soon!
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I Miss You Everyday

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And what is the sweetness of
red bean paste
or the tang of wasabi?
What is the fun in slurping ramen
or over the top karaoke?
Why dress as a princess
walking ancient streets,
climbing castles,
sampling exotic eats?
What is the fun in shopping
in trying this and that
when you’re not here
to comment on my new hat?
To take good pictures
the ones that look pretty
trying over and over
until I don’t look like me.

I miss you here
I miss you everyday.

But you can come back anytime,
is what I know you’d say.

But it’s not that easy,
I’m trying to find my way…
And it might be up Mt. Fuji
or down a Spanish bay.

My Next Adventure

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Hi hello ohayo!

I have some exciting news! I have started planning a European foodie adventure come August (when my current teaching contract ends). Starting by nannying the adorable children of a seafood chef in Galicia, (Spain), next backpacking down Porto and Lisbon (Portugal) then back to Spain for Madrid and Barcelona (I mean Paella). Later, Rhone Alpes (France) staying with my darling auntie then afterwards to Italy (Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples) and last, Athens (Greece) before returning home, full and fat, to the land of Hobbits. Though this is just a rough plan. Anyway, Wordpress tells me I have about 3000 followers which means, and I’m no mathematical expert, that at least a minority of you may be residing in one, two or four of these places. So my next plea is this: won’t you host me for a little bit? Can we meet? I can bake cake, cook curry and teach English!

Love,
Anisa sensei