Sehnsucht

Today I miss Japan terribly and I can only blame myself for it. Wanderlust has always been part of my life but it’s gotten worse these past few days. My sleep pattern is in shreds, I have trouble focusing on anything and I spend too much time searching for ways to leave. And weather in Poland doesn’t make my life any easier: it’s 17 Celsius below zero at the moment and the temperature is still dropping. No soothing walks for me.

So, to make myself feel better, I spent half of today going through the photos from my visit in Japan last May. Terrible idea! Made me even more miserable. What I would give to be there now…

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Especially as I have no idea when I’ll be able to leave Poland for longer than a week and my next trip is to Scotland, not Tokyo. I should be booking my flight ticket to Glasgow, not trying to find some conferences abroad or Japan-based exchange program for academics.

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(Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo)

Well, tbh what I really SHOULD be doing is preparing for teaching uni students as the winter break is almost over, but when the Wanderlust hits me that hard it’s difficult to sit in one place for longer than one hour. So my first class might look a bit like that (minus yellow tentacles):

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(Assassination Classroom)

Kore wa hiragana desu. 

Or: nah nah nah nah nah I can feel new connections forming in my brain because nothing beats learning a new language… 

Making hiragana flash cards 🙂

… while drinking hot chocolate :] 

OK, so maybe it’s not that easy and sometimes it feels more like rewiring my brain than learning (especially when reading/writing hiragana and/or katakana) but I think (hope) it’s just a phase. 

Now I can’t wait to go to Japan and test my new knowledge! 🙂 

WMI > STN

Or: I’m traveling again (though this time it’s a really short trip to London: Sunday to Thursday). 

I was told that weather in London is quite depressing: cold and rainy (what’s new? ;)) but I’m really tired of this winter-y winter we have in Poland*, so I’m looking forward to this change. 

My city yesterday (14/01/2017)

My flight is in an hour and I’ve been waiting on this (small and crowded) airport for some time, which means I’m really bored and have nothing to do. I should be learning as I have lots of homework due Friday but this airport isn’t a good place for such things (not enough space for passengers and only two tiny coffee places). Plus, I’m yet to discover a good method for learning hiragana and katakana without writing individual chars. I feel like my mind is too old for that 😉 

Oh, it’s snowing (AGAIN) outside. 

There is this one thing I love about airports (apart from the name: air port – how cool is that?!): number of different languages you can hear in an hour, just sitting there and waiting for your flight. I especially like hearing languages I don’t recognize (= not European). If I were an extrovert, I would make a list of all languages and then try to ‘collect’ the ones I heard by asking ppl speaking in something I don’t recognize about their language/dialect. But I’m not, so I’ll stick to guessing (and occasionally trying to take a peek at someone’s passport). 

*This MIGHT have something to do with the fact that my fav winter shoes got destroyed by a train few weeks ago and all my other shoes are really uncomfortable. 

Have I mentioned that I have the best parents ever? 

I now I’m biased but that’s how I’ve felt since yesterday evening, when I got the most perfect Christmas gift (in my family we give each other presents on the Christmas Eve).

(I’m in the middle of preparing Christmas dinner, so I’m gonna skip details and go to the most important part of my story.)

Anyway, I was opening my presents and found some rather useful ones, some funny ones, a book by Tolkien (obviously), and one volume of manga.

Shingeki no Kyojin, Volume 12 by Hajime Isayama

One volume of manga which made me really happy because seriously, parents seldom buy things like that. I thanked everyone, saw what others got and this was supposed to be the end of that evening. And then my mom gave me a box and said, “I forgot to put it under a tree.”
I found these inside:

All volumes of this particular manga that are available in Poland! I felt like crying and got a little bit too emotional. My hands were shaking, I couldn’t speak, started counting them and putting them in order… I probably looked like that:

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(Yuri on Ice)

I don’t remember the last time I was that emotional. And it wasn’t just about the fact that I got all of them, it was also about this element of surprise (I found out later that it was planned) and the fact that I got them from my parents. I still can’t believe it!

I have to go. But I want to wish you all the best Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/end of this year ever! Be merry!

Old Habits Die Hard

I have a shitload of work to do and have been drinking all kinds of caffeinated drinks for days so I probably shouldn’t be surprised that this combination of work overload and sleep deprivation finally managed to awake my wanderlust. Which means I’m even more miserable because I don’t have time to leave my apartment for more than an hour a day. And that’s just not enough!

Today I finally caved and went for a longer walk (which reminded me so much of my midnight walks in London and Tokyo!). It was either that or going to sleep and I have too much work to even think about sleeping for next 36 hours.

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After this power walk I feel less like a caged animal and more like a human. And it’s a good feeling.

I was rather pleasantly surprised by the weather: there was no icing and temperature was around ten degrees Celsius which is quite hot for December in Poland. I recorded the video below just four days ago:

▲ This is how Polish usually winter looks like. ▼ I’m not gonna complain about it yet, but I hope in about a week or so there’ll be more snow. At least that much:

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photo taken by my mum a week ago

BTW, anyone recognizes what I was listening to while recording the snow? How about a small hint? 😉

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It’s snowing there, too!

#youareperfect

I was looking for a way to make learning Japanese easier and found this (Polish!!) ad that’s completely not about learning languages (though I’m gonna use this labelling method ;).

I started watching it because I knew some rly good Allegro’s (Polish version of eBay) ads. And then, quite suddenly, these pesky little ninjas cutting onions came to my room…

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… and made my cry like a little baby.

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But is it even possible to watch it and NOT get the feels?