As we prepare for yet another move, I think about where it is we are headed next and where it is I ultimately want to be.
I envy those of you born in your perfect place, your true hometown.
The problem with me is that a few years ago, I fell in love. With a city.
But, if you can't be with the one you love... love Nagoya instead.
Nagoya isn't high on the list of tourist destinations in Japan. It is a city built around industry. Toyota, for instance, is based in Nagoya (see Dad, another reason to visit next summer!). For us, though, there are a lot of perks.
An aquarium, a zoo with a roller coaster that is supposedly one of the best in Japan, a Pokemon center, an international airport, a lot of subways that can take us all the way to the Japanese alps, and of course, my new job. I am officially a teacher-nerd now because two perks of Nagoya that make me excited are that there is a university there that concentrates on English as an international language and next year's JALT conference will be in Nagoya.
But another perk? A shinkansen line that will take us to Kyoto in 36 minutes. Yep, that is definitely a perk. For the same price that it takes us to get to Nagasaki on a three plus hour ferry ride.
So there is a lot to love about Nagoya. And excitingly/scarily enough, we'll be there in three months. Yikes. And hurray!