Let the goodbyes begin…

This weekend was all about goodbyes – to possessions and friends both. Spent a lot of the weekend cleaning my apartment and selling/giving furniture to various people/places around Niigata. I don’t have a successor, so this place has to be emptied of all but the bare essentials (i.e. refriegerator, washing machine) by the time I leave. It doesn’t sound difficult, but there have been ALTs living in this place for 15 years – so stuff tends to build up. And since I’ve still got some major travel plans and work obligations left, I figured I should get a timely start…

Last night I went out to Kashiwazaki for a beach barbeque. And yeah, it was kinda like things came full circle. I remember going to another (very rainy) barbeque back in August – and I’d only seen some of these people only once or twice since then. So strange to think. But I can only be happy that we shared each other’s company for a little while and hope that we’ll meet again in the future – perhaps in some other far-flung corner of the world. :)


The Gang
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Kristi, Mara & Siobhan
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Sanjo Survivors
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Kristi & Aaron
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I have another host of goodbyes to say tomorrow at Wakamiya Jr. High – and I’m fairly dreading it, I’ve got to say. But time marches on – goodbyes now and reunions to come, so all is right with the world.

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