I tend to do that while I'm driving. You probably already knew this about me since I've written about singing along with Billy and various others. And if you've ever ridden with me, you know from first-hand experience.
But don't worry, I pay close attention the road. I'm very careful as I go "'round the mountain."
Being from Indiana, I came to Japan not exactly used to driving up, down, around and through mountains. They're a bit scarce in the Hoosier state, after all.
But teaching at the schools in Kuji has required me to get used to it. And it really hasn't been a hard adjustment at all! In fact, I love my commutes to and from the schools, and driving is one of my favorite parts of the day.
It's so peaceful, and the views are quite lovely. Wednesday and Thursday are my "mountain days," when I wind around mountains in order to get to school. Friday is my "ocean day," when I drive along the sea and admire it.
I would love for you to join me (and whoever is singing from my car's speakers) on the scenic drives. I'm serious. Just imagine that you're sitting in the passenger's seat -- which remember is on the left side of the vehicle -- looking out the window.
So fasten your seat belt, sit back and relax (I'm a good driver, no worries!) and here we go...
First, we're headed to Yamane Jr. High School, where I teach every Wednesday. It's a 30-minute drive, and we go through eight tunnels!
Oooh, here comes a tunnel up ahead. (*Turning the headlights on now.*)
I've pulled over, and we're at this scenic overlook place, looking over at the scenery of course. Those two tunnels look like caves, don't they?
We're on our way back from Yamane now, and isn't this tunnel cool? You can see out the side of it. And notice the airfreshener on the dashboard. It's apparently called a "happy poppy" (that's what its mouth says), and it makes me smile.
Alrighty, let's go to Mugyo Jr. High school now. That's where I go every Thursday. By the way, feel free to put your window down like I did since it's such a nice day!
Let's go to Friday's school now -- Misaki Jr. High. I'm popping in a new cassette, one of my two newest ones (thanks, Jennifer!), the Oak Ridge Boys.
Don't you just love the ocean view? And now with your window down, you can feel the sea breeze, and you know what I mean when I say that the drives are lovely.
Well, our drive is over now. I hope you enjoyed it! And now I'll appropriately leave you with a sunset shot I recently took.
Oh by the way, after tomorrow I'm taking a break from driving for four days. I'm headed to Tokyo by bus and bullet train ("shinkansen" as they call it here). So this also means that I won't write another blog post for a while. But I'll talk to you soon, and I'm sure I'll be full of stories about Tokyo. :)