Pre-departure Contin’d

Things we didn’t do

Since we were on the road for most of the past month, it was impossible to make it to the Japanese language courses for JETs offered in Portland. That probably would have been an immense help with the initial language barrier, but we decided to spend time with family instead. We don’t regret the decision.

Also, we decided that we’ll probably just travel within Japan during our vacation time. Thus we did not take the time to get vaccinated for various diseases we might have encountered in Thailand, New Zealand, etc. If that is something that interests you, the CDC has a list of countries and the vaccines they recommend getting beforehand. Happy inoculating!

One more thing…

We forgot to mention one more pre-departure purchase: a web cam. This will be used primarily for Skype, a computer application that allows you to talk with anyone in the world for free over an internet connection.

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