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I really wanted to blog about my whole experience volunteering in Ishinomaki this summer, and late is better than never, right?! I woke up Monday still a little tired from my day off, which I used to bike with my friend Aska all over town. After making myself a quick breakfast in front of our [...]

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When I woke up Saturday, I knew it would be a day full of goodbyes. Most people volunteer for a week, and at this point I had been there a week. Since my friend Aska and I volunteered in June and enjoyed it so much, we decided to stay longer. We got ourselves up Saturday [...]

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On Wednesday we were up for our usual routine- get ready, breakfast and morning meeting. Then we boarded a bus for an hour ride to work. Today we’d be cleaning out gutters and grates. We were dressed in our waterproof gear, face masks and helmets. As you can see below, we had a lot of [...]

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We woke up the morning of Monday Aug 1st (Happy August!) excited to work. We were running booths at the festival today! Our group met by the parking lot for our usual breakfast of “breads n spreads” (staling bread and peanut butter or nutella), then had morning meeting and got our job assignment. We were [...]

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A month with no entries! Hopefully that won’t happen again! I’m off the hook for 2 of those weeks, I was back in Ishinomaki for tsunami relief. The other two weeks… I guess I’ve just been enjoying summer! I’ll probably go into less detail about my trip than last time, as I did the same [...]

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Apologies for lack of entries! I went from being busy busy to stuck in bed with a cold! Which is unfortunate timing, as I leave to volunteer in Ishinomaki (yes, again!) at the end of this week. But more on that later. Now goodness, where did I leave off?! My first week back from Ishinomaki [...]

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On one of my last days in Ishinomaki, I found myself biking through the streets back to base camp. I saw a boy pumping air into a girl’s bike tire. I saw a man repainting a short wall in front of his home. I saw another couple attaching shiny new letters to the front of [...]

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It was here, our last work day. I woke up at 6:15 and ate a Powerbar. I thought about how the first few nights I couldn’t comprehend where I was and what I was doing, and now here I sit wondering how I can return to normal life. I laid around talking with 2 girls [...]

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This was quite a day! I woke up at about 5:40am after a night full of tossing and turning. As I awoke the air felt warm and balmy. At least it wasn’t as sweltering as when we went to sleep! As I got up and changed I noticed it was pouring rain. Aska woke up [...]

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I was up Wednesday morning at 5:40am with my usual routine of breakfast, dressing and killing time until morning meeting. Someone asked why I don’t just stay asleep until say, 7am if there is nothing to do until 7:45. That’s mainly because A- the sun wakes me up- no window coverings B- there are 30 [...]

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