After I returned from Osaka, I packed my backpack with everything necessary for my next outing. After that, I slept and tried to rest up properly for going to Kyoto. I met with my language exchange partner/ closest Japanese student, Mariko and we waited for the rest of our crew to arrive at the train … Continue reading Trying to Hike Around Fushimi-Inari
Now that I've recovered from last week's cold, I took advantage of this weekend to go out and explore the Kansai area. I've had a VERY busy weekend, so I plan on making multiple posts detailing what I did each day. It was lots and lots of fun but now I'm so so so exhausted! … Continue reading Geeking out in Umeda, Osaka
It's inevitable, a part of being human and just plain annoying. That's right, I finally got sick for the first time since moving to Japan. Since the classes started for the Japanese students last week, everyone has been exposed to all sorts of nasty germs and as a result, most of the students on campus … Continue reading Being Sick in a Foreign Country
Yesterday, the Japanese students on our floor threw the international students a welcome party! It was absolutely amazing. The decorations were amazing, and the music ranged from a wide variety of boy bands, so we all belted out the words to our favorite One Direction and BTS songs together. It was a great way to … Continue reading Takoyaki Parties!
Okay, so Hirakata is a great city and all, but I wanted to escape the bubble of international students as soon as I could so I could, and go out and experience Japan. That being said, some friends and I made our way down to Kyoto last week and saw a few bits of the city. For … Continue reading Taking a Tour of Kyoto and Arashiyama
It's already been 5 days since I've arrived in Japan, and the shock still hasn't set in! It seems like I've been here for an eternity already. In the past (almost) week that I've been in Hirakata, I've been dealing with slight hindrances that I want to push past as soon as possible. The first … Continue reading Slight Frustrations and My Attempt at Optimism
Baylee Wolfendale is a University of Florida student studying abroad during the Fall of 2018 in Osaka, Japan. To learn more about Baylee's program, click here: Kansai Gaidai University. What is your year and academic concentration? I am going into my senior year and am double majoring in History and Japanese, with a minor in Classical … Continue reading Baylee: Fall in Osaka