Last day of work!
My favourite adult class.
Chihiro and Riko slurp their noodles.
Today is my last day of work at UFO Academy. This past week I have been busy socialising and saying my farewells to my students. So far only one student has set me off crying, my seven year old ekiwa student Riko started to cry as I got into my car, which set off her Mum, Izumi crying and then me. Hopefully I'll see them again soon as I offered to be their host mum in Britain, I'm pretty sure they will take me up on the offer and send Riko and Chihiro to England for a month of speaking english!
With my head full of what I have to do, I have been waking up early and last Friday I decided to get up and drive to Echizen beach. I had such a fabulous morning, I was the first person on the beach and had it to myself until about 11 am, when hoardes of Japanese families arrived. I took this as my cue to exit and headed up the coast, to one of my favourite cafes Mare. This cafe has an amazing view out to sea. I sat here and enjoyed a lovely lunch and contemplated my past 2 years in Japan. I have mixed emotions about leaving, I am very sad to be leaving the beautiful scenery, the people and how safe it is here. The kindness and sincerity of the people has truly amazed me. However, I feel it is time to move on with the job and I am looking forward to seeing friends and family back home.
I have four days left and I plan to visit all my favourite places to ensure those memories are kept sharp.
My favourite students, Chihiro and Riko.
Sarah and Laura sporting this year's must have a Yukata.
The view from one of my favourite cafes Mare.
This crocodile is often sighted in the waters of Lake Kyuzuru, silently he waits for his unsuspecting prey.
Teaching the basics of how to ski, best to start them young.