My fans have been begging me to post an update for a while now (and by "fans" I really mean "two friends, plus my mom") so here goes. During the last few months, I:
1. Hiked and camped my way across southern Japan for three weeks during March break. It was so cold that the rain pelting the tent turned into ice overnight, and my water bottle froze solid.
2. Started a master's degree in environmental management at Kyoto University's Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies.
3. Wrote seven essays.
4. Made six presentations.
5. Started drinking coffee on a regular basis.
6. Went camping with three Slavic men. We hiked for four days on a trail that no longer existed. I don't know what was worse: dealing with the terrible trail conditions or the Eastern European egos. At least they argued in Russian, which made tuning them out easy.
7. Developed a crush on Paul the Octopus while following the FIFA World Cup.
8. Turned a good friend into a boyfriend.
9. Signed up for the Tokyo Marathon.
10. Went on a week-long field trip in the forest to cut down trees and dig holes.
11. Got 5 million mosquito bites.
12. Stepped on a snake. Didn't get bitten.
13. Was approached by Sofia Coppola to star in Lost in Translation II but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict (just kidding).
14. Camped on top of a mountain with three friends in a tent made for two. Watched from inside the tent as the food we had left outside was devoured by wild monkeys.
15. Developed an addiction to Futurama (10 years late).
16. Ate half my weight in ramen.
17. Was awarded a three-month internship with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. I fly out tomorrow and start working on Friday!
Sayonara, Japan! Guten Tag Germany!