During the school’s spring holiday in March, I went to Australia and Inari-san requested for me to write about my experiences and what I did during that trip. He said people would be interested to read about what I experienced and maybe that’s true, but that trip was a personal one. It wasn’t done for work but for myself, and I always try to keep my personal life separate from my work life, which includes this blog.

It’s different in my classes because I communicate with my students. When they ask me where I went or what I did or what I ate, I tell them because they have to know about me personally so they can feel like they know me and can talk to me too. It also gives them an idea on how they can say things if they will be asked the questions they ask me.

On the other hand, I don’t think I need to share the things I do during my person time here. But Matsutani-san’s suggestion of writing about what I thought about Australia is something I can do, but they’re just my opinions:

  • There were a lot of wide spaces in the cities I visited. There were wide parks, many green spaces, and just a lot of spaces for people to walk, sit, talk, etc.
  • People were very friendly and warm and laid-back. Not everyone, of course, but many of the people I met were.
  • There were all kinds of people and I heard many different languages everywhere, which were wonderful.
  • It’s probably not as safe as Japan but it was safe enough and nothing bad happened to me while I was there.
  • There wasn’t a specific “Australian food” except meat pie, but I saw a lot of restaurants and cafes that looked good.

That’s it! It’s not a lot and they’re general observations, but for anyone who’s interested in learning about Australia, there is a book in the cram school called “Guide to Aussies” you can borrow.