About me

Ad VerdaasdonkWell, since you’re here it’s very likely that you know who I am, ‘coz I gave you the link to the blog. I’m from Dutch origin but I live in Berlin, Germany since September 2000. And it’s a great place to live, although the winters are bloody cold and – most of all – way too long.

After 5 years working at eBay in Dreilinden (Berlin), Germany, I had earned myself a 4-week sabattical. Adding an extra week to it and I had a five-week well-deserved sabattical in 2009. It didn’t take me too long to decide where to go to: it’s Japan! And that’s what this blog is all about: I’ll try to keep an up-to-date blog here of all my experiences. To be honest, it was a dear friend of mine, who told me, when I told her I couldn’t decide where to go to: “Hey Ad, if you’re so much into Japanese and Asian movies then why don’t you spend your sabattical in Japan?”. So I went.

I’m not promising anything: there may be days (and weeks), where I don’t feel like writing anything. But this I promise: when I decide that I like Japan so much that I’m moving to Japan, I’ll write it here 😀

== Timewarp ==
[Updated: Jan. 2010]

After I enjoyed my trip in 2009 so very, very much, I decided to go back a.s.a.p. Since I was without a job (or better: between jobs) in the first half of 2010, that was the best time to return! My new boss might not give me 4 weeks holiday in the first 6 months that I work there 😉 Probably some may say I’m crazy, it’s too expensive, etc… I’m still going 😀 And besides: visiting Japan in spring gives a beautiful new opportunity: sakura – サクラ!

This time I wanted to stay in one place and not run around the country like a madman (as I did during my first trip). And the choice for that one place was easy: Kyoto!

== Timewarp ==
[Updated: June 2010]

In the meantime that second trip is over too and I already want to return – again. I’m sure I’ll return to Japan at some point in the (near) future, but first I’ll have to get settled in my new job. Or chop the knot and decide this new job isn’t my thing and make the brave (and incredibly naive & foolish) step and move to Japan… I wouldn’t be the first person in the world to do that, but I’m afraid I’m not brave enough. For now I’ll just settle in trying to learn the language and to learn more, much more about the country, culture and history. A kind of education-for-adults 😉

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6 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hoi Ad, sorry dat ik niks van me liet horen, maar had jou mail nooit ontvangen, heb nl een ander email adres, handig………..not.
    Maar jij zit dus weer heerlijk in Japan. Ik zal deze site eens een keer echt goed gaan lezen, want dat kost wel even tijd. Hoop dat je een fijne vakantie hebt!!
    Groetjes Marleen

  2. Wow, that picture from Temple 60 in Shikoku is really something – beautiful valley and lake. I live in Tokushima now (as you see on my blog) and I’d like to make it over to that side of the island. I checked out the Japan Times article you mentioned – interesting. But that guy seems like he’s carrying too much stuff for my taste, I must say. I do the same as him – stay in MINSHUKU (small bed/breakfasts) because I don’t like to carry anything but my credit card – nice and light weight. Let me know if you ever make it over here again! Cheers,
    Derek

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