Hi, I’m Sarah!

ICE CREAM

Besides eating ice cream, here are some other things I love.

Ohio.

Pets, especially Merlin.

Baking, especially cookies.

Cooking, especially waffles.

Traveling, especially to London.

Taking endless pictures, especially on Instagram.

Vermont, especially when it is the famous leaf peeping season.

Reading, especially YA-literature (Graceling, Divergent, Sloppy Firsts, & so on…)

Trying new things, anything from butterbeer to baking sourdough bread to moving to Japan (only knowing three words in Japanese) to teach English for a year.

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This is a random blog, so I get some random questions, WHICH I LOVE. If you have any, please e-mail me at dailynibbles (at) gmail.com.

camera equipment

1. What kind of camera do you use?

I have the Nikon d7000 and four lenses: Nikon 18-105mm, Nikon 35 mm 1.8 mm (my favorite), Sigma 50 mm macro, Tokina 11-16 mm 2.8 mm. Lately, I’ve just been using my iPhone for most pictures. I’m lazy!

2. Where are you from?

I grew up in Ohio. Currently, living in Vermont. Past places: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, the Netherlands, London, and Japan.

3. What do you do for exercise?

I used to run marathons – sloooooowly – but moved abroad and got out of a routine. Soon after I returned to the States, I learned that I have genetically horrendous feet for running and three doctors told me to never do it again. Umm, so, my new routine is mostly swimming, which I’m even slower at than running. Hahaha!

4. You used to bake a lot, what happened?

I got a million cavities. Okay, I’m lying, but I had a bad dentist appointment and REALLY cut back on my baking. Also, in Japan, I wasn’t blogging recipes as much because I was really busy, mostly illiterate, and lacking a real oven.

5. You used to write about your dating life. What happened?

My sister told me that if I didn’t stop, I’d never meet anyone.

6. Are you still online dating?

No….yes…I don’t know!

7. I’m going to Vermont, what should I do there?

STAY:

B&B. A lot of my friends would have their parents stay at the Howard Street B&B.

Hotel. The Marriott and The Hilton are right on the waterfront and two blocks from Church Street (Burlington’s version of Pearl Street, where all the shops and restaurants are located.)

SPLURGE! Okay, outside of town, in Shelburne there is a place called Shelburne Farms Inn. It used to be owned by the Vanderbilt family, now it is a working farm and inn. They make their own cheese, bread, etc. etc. Next door, they created a museum with all of the collections from Ms. Vanderbilt. It sounds kooky, but I HIGHLY suggest going to see it someday. (Only open in the spring-early fall, since the museum is spread throughout the property). Anyway, you can book a room at the inn, which looks like a CASTLE. If that doesn’t work out, drive there one day for breakfast. You can still walk around the grounds and be mind-blown.

http://www.shelburnefarms.org/

EAT:

You can’t go wrong with any food in Vermont, and I am sure you will stumble across your own gems, but here are my faves.

1. PENNYCLUSE CAFE. Best brunch. Runner’s up: Mirabelle’s and Magnolia Cafe. But Burlington Bay Cafe has the best breakfast sandwich “The Bay Original” in my opinion: Dakin farms bacon, two eggs and cheddar cheese on a portuguese english muffin WITH crispy breakfast potatoes. (All Downtown)

2. American Flatbread. Best pizza. (Downtown)

3. The Farmhouse. Best burgers. Also has the largest selection of beers on tap. Go for the Hill Farmstead Ale. (Downtown)

4. OUT OF TOWN Starry Night Cafe (in Ferrisburg) or Hen of the Woods (in Waterbury) or The Kitchen Table (in Richmond). Expensive splurge, but the Vermonty foodies love these three places.

5. 3 Needs. My favorite bar in town. (Downtown)

6. Red Onion Sandwich Shop. Get the Red Onion sandwich, which is turkey, Gruyere cheese, red onion, apple, and mayo on homemade bread. (Downtown)

7. New Moon. My favorite coffee shop. (Downtown)

8. El Cortijo. My favorite fish tacos and margaritas. It’s in a tiny diner, on a side street. (Downtown)

9. My Little Cupcake. (Downtown.) Right across from The Roxy (our city cinema theatre).

10. Meyer’s Bagels. (Pine Street) Wood-fired Montreal-style bagels.

DO: 

A lot of people spend a good amount of time on Church Street (which you definitely should because there’s a lot going on there), but here are a few other recommendations.

1. Recycle North. This may be an odd suggestion, but it is my dad’s FAVORITE place to visit. I think he went everyday. It’s a cool place to look for used items and appliances. http://www.findandgoseek.net/listing/recycle-north/donate

Across the street, you can find larger used materials. This organization takes all of the supplies from old houses and buildings, breaks them down, then reuses them.

It is also on PINE STREET, where all the local art studios are located. In September, they have a massive Art Hop. Near Great Harvest bread, in this back alley, is a cool glass studio. I also like to grab food from Fresh Market or Meyer’s cafe (they make the wood-fired oven bagels with Montreal spices on them).

2. Walk along the waterfront. You can sit in the swings on the dock and watch the sunset.

3. Farmer’s Market. http://www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org/ Every Saturday during the summer at City Hall Park. A cool place to check out local folks, and in addition to great food, you can even purchase some of my favorite jewelry during the summer months. 

4. BEACHES! Leddy, Oakledge, and North Beach are pretty places to check out the water.

5. HIKING! Favorites include Camel’s Hump (Burrow’s Trail), Stowe Pinnacle, Mt. Mansfield (Sunset Trail), and Hunger Mt.

6. SEASONAL THINGS! SUMMER: swimming holes. Get thee to Warren Falls or Bristol. WINTER: snowshoeing (anywhere) and cross-country skiing (cheaper than downhill and I find it a better workout, check out Sleepy Hollow or Trap Family Lodge or the Intervale).

7. BEER! I love the Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale, which is on tap at The Farmhouse.

Of course, if you want to drive around Vermont, I love the little nearby towns like Middlebury, Vergennes, Richmond, Waterbury, Waitsfield, and Stowe!

 Also, if you want and up-to-date listing of Burlington happenings, Seven Days is great. http://www.7dvt.com/

8. I’m going to London, what should I do there?

First, jealous. I worked for four summers on a study abroad program in London, which I consider my Spirit City. London is spectacular. I have many suggestions.

RESOURCES:

TRANSPORTATION: I like the Heathrow Connect in terms of getting from the airport (assuming you are flying into Heathrow) into the city. It’s around 8 pounds and takes 30 minutes to get directly to Paddington Station. You’ll see signs for the Heathrow Express, which takes half the time but is much pricier. You buy the Heathrow Connect ticket where you’d buy regular Tube tickets. Once at Paddington – depending on where your are staying – you can take the Tube or a bus to that area. Once there, I would get a TUBE pass for Zone 1 and 2. The Tube system is super easy to use. Check out TFL journeyplanner (for checking Tube delays/closures and directions). Also, eventually, I just used the buses. I liked being above ground and seeing the city. Plus, there were more routes and stops than the Tube. It became much easier to get around.

*On the Tube, you swipe your card to get in and out.
**On the bus, you only swipe to board.

READING: I used these the most: a laminated Streetwise London map and Time Out London (both the website and the weekly magazine). I’m sure you could find apps for these as well, but my phone doesn’t work internationally.

TO-DO:

GO FOR A WALK
: I recommend taking a map and wandering around the city on the first day. Meandering around Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Covent Garden is so fun, but I like to walk along the South Bank best. There’s a walking path and it’s just stunning. The river, museums, street performers, etc. It’s very lively.

Actually, you should also check out the city via the city’s bike-cycle program. They’re called the Barclay’s bikes and you’ll see stations all over the place.

If you are into organized walks, I went on a few London Walks (everything from Dickens to Jack The Ripper). They were all great! And, I went on these New Europe tours in Paris and Scotland. They have them in London too. They were fun.

GO OUT IN EAST LONDON
: It’s kind of an edgier scene, but I like it. Head out to Hoxton one night. There’s tons of cool clubs, bars, and lounges. Supposedly, there’s one with a swimming pool on the roof, but I never got to it.

MUSEUMS. If you’re a museum person, they are ALL fantastic. And mostly free. Even if you aren’t a museum person, I recommend checking out a few.

1. Museum of London: This museum is nestled behind St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s not overwhelming, but covers the complete history of London, starting in prehistoric times and going all the way up to today. You walk through it chronologically, which I enjoyed and thought it helped you see the amazing evolution of the city of London.

2. Tate Modern: Even if you aren’t a modern art fan, this is a very cool museum to visit. The museum is housed in an old power station featuring a huge turbine 35 meters high, and it’s situated right on the South Bank. Beside Shakespeare’s Globe. At the foot of the Millennium Bridge. Across the river from St. Paul’s. It just couldn’t be in a more ideal location. It’s also organized in a neat way. The collection is divided by concept: poetry and dream, states of flux, energy and process, etc. It’s just fun! The top floor has a restaurant/bar/lounge area with knock-out views of the Thames. The lawn outside is also an ideal spot to chill. I also like to people-watch in the turbine area. All in all, it’s just a fun place to be.

My favorite way to get to the museum, is to get off at St. Paul’s and walk across the Millennium bridge.

3. British Museum: OK, there’s not many things British in it (and that’s created quite the controversy), but it’s got a mighty collection of artifacts. Here’s a few: The Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, an Egyptian section that spans like five rooms, Assyrian art, coins, china, gold, jewelry, on and on. Don’t miss the clock and watch exhibition!

4. British Library: Many people don’t think about the British Library, but it’s one of my favorites:Jane Austen’s desk and glasses (which are so little and cute), notes from music geniuses like Mozart and Bach, and an entire section of Beatles hand written song notes.

5. Victoria + Albert Museum. GORGEOUS! They have EVERYTHING. Pottery, jewelry, Chihuly glass, antique artifacts. They also have a great courtyard with a beautiful fountain. I would go there some days to just read and drink white wine. Love it.

6. National Gallery. Beautiful inside and out. Full of some of the finest paintings and located right in Trafalgar Square. Behind it is the National Portrait Gallery, which is also fun. I love checking out the Tudor paintings! Also, during the summer they would showcase the BP National Portrait Gallery paintings, which were really cool to check out.

MARKETS:

1. Borough Market: Just go. It’s food market paradise. Get off at London Bridge instead of Borough on the Tube though. Nearby is Maltby Street, which is also A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

2. Camden Market: Actually, another friend liked this place better. I don’t think he understood why I liked the Borough Market so much {what??!!} over this one. I found the Borough market more food oriented and less overwhelming, I guess. If you want to experience an alternate universe and get lost in winding passages full of everything imaginable, go here. It’s an experience worth checking out because I think it’s like no other.

3. Colombia Road Flower Market: So stinking cute. A tiny street in East London filled with flowers, good food, pretty boutiques, and street musicians. It’s only open on Sunday’s. And I’m not sure if it’s year round?

4. Spitalfields: It’s near Brick Lane, which is a fun street to walk down to see the vast amount of Indian Restaurants. This market is great for getting artsier gifts and vintage items.

OTHER FAVORITES:

PARKS: In order of my favorites – Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park, and Hyde Park. At Hampstead, be sure to check out the view of London from Kite (or Parliament) Hill.

SHOWS: The Globe Theatre is very cool, not at all cheesy, but I think it’s only open in the summer. See if you can check out a play at the National Theatre. It’s located along the South Bank.

CHURCHES
: St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey. I recommend going to a service for free to check out the inside. Unlike the museums, the churches charge a fee. Although paying to see the view from the top of St. Paul’s is definitely worth it. And you can play around in the Whispering Gallery.

GELATO
: Scoop in Covent Garden or Oddono’s near the Natural History Museum.

CUPCAKES: Hummingbird Bakery in Notting Hill.

SHOPPING: Harrod’s (really more like a museum…..did you know they even have a pet kingdom?), Liberty’s (It’s behind Regent’s Street, and hands down the prettiest store I’ve ever been in. I wanted to live in it.), Uniqlo (an affordable Japanese chain store with great items), and the markets!

PUBS: Ye Old Cheshire Cheese (one of the oldest pubs…and you really do feel like you’re transported back in time drinking there….authentic fish & chips!), Princess Louise (very Victorian and filled with gorgeous cut glass), The Churchill Arms (it has the prettiest outside and attached to the back is the most amazing Thai restaurant), The Flask in Hampstead Heath (very cool place….we played scrabble and drank beer for hours).

EATS: Actually, I didn’t explore many of the restaurants in London. If you do, the locals said they checked out top table for places to go/deals. I mostly ate at markets. So, I’m not the best person to ask for the best restaurants. I did do high tea at Kensington Palace. Fun. The Breakfast Club in Hoxton. It’s good day or night. You can go for brunch on a Sunday or for a late dinner before going out on a Saturday. The Swan @ The Globe. Pretty, pretty view. Brick Lane for Indian food.

DAY-TRIP: Depending on the time you have in the city, Greenwich via a riverboat is very cool. The boat ride is divine, the town is cute, and you get to see the Prime Meridian. If you had more time, I’d suggest Bath.

9. Can you tell me more about applying to teach in Japan? 

THE JET APPLICATION: It’s long.

It is long and it is due late October/early November. It is a multi-page paper application that requires an essay and letters of recommendation and must be mailed to the Japanese Embassy in your regional area. (For me: Boston.)  From there, I don’t have too many tips other than patience. Really.

The TIMELINE: It’s even longer.

Late October/early November: Application due.

January: First notice sent to accepted applicants

February: Interviews held at Japanese embassies in your area. The pool of applicants in my prefecture was incredibly diverse.

April: Second notice sent to accepted applicants.

May-July: Successful applicants receive Placements. Frantically checking the JET Forums. Sometimes these roll in LATE. Mine was late June and I was leaving in early July for London. I’m still shocked it all worked out.

At that point, you will probably also know if you are working at an elementary, junior, or high school. Most people with little to no Japanese, will get placed in a high school.

July-August: Mad scramble to wrap up your current life, pack for your Japan life, and process all of the paperwork for Japan. In my case, I couldn’t bring contacts for a year there, so I needed additional paperwork. I also wasn’t supposed to leave the country because my embassy needed to get my Visa for Japan, but I was working in London. So, I had to spend hundreds of dollars (and more paperwork) sending my Passport overseas to Boston and back.

Late July-early August: You are in Japan. Whoa. Ganbatte (good luck)!

~Sarah

74 Responses to Hi, I’m Sarah!

  1. Haleigh says:

    I would love to visit Vermont, or even move there. I lived in Sweden with my husband for 2 years and I desperately miss the cold weather after moving to the South recently.

  2. Kendall says:

    Just found your blog, and I’m loving it! Definitely adding you to my Reader. :)

  3. Sarah says:

    Thanks Kendall! It’s a work in progress:)

  4. Lauren says:

    I’m so glad you commented on my blog because I found yours. I have seriously been sitting here for the past 45 minutes reading post after post after post. I just couldn’t stop. I love your pictures and writing style. I am hooked.

  5. Great blog!! I am so glad I have found it and get to ad it to my daily list of reads ;)

    All the best!

    XXOO
    Kris

  6. Hi Sarah,

    Visiting via (never)home makers and just wanted to say hello! I am a native Vermonter and was living in Burlington up until a few years ago. I ran a relay leg of the Vermont City Marathon; it’s a great race!

    Erin

  7. Sarah says:

    It is a fun race! I love the drums on Battery St. hill and the fresh fruit people have out for us. I’m hoping I’m successful at completing the full marathon again:)

  8. Caty says:

    Your blog is so inspiring! Words, foods, travels, setbacks of daily life. You’re humble about your approach on fitness and food and I love it! Thanks for doing what you do. :)

  9. Lindsay says:

    Just came across your blog through Yoga Pose May – it’s great to see more Vermont bloggers they are a rarity

  10. Memoria says:

    I received a Master of Education degree in the same discipline as you and still don’t know what to do with my life either. I’m working on another grad degree, but I’m still confused. You’re the first person I’ve met outside of my past cohort who has this degree haha.

    You have gorgeous photos. I’m so jealous of all your camera equipment!

  11. Effie Ntlc says:

    I received a Master of Education degree in the same discipline as you and still don’t know what to do with my life either. I’m working on another grad degree, but I’m still confused. You’re the first person I’ve met outside of my past cohort who has this degree haha.
    +1

  12. Terry Hesson says:

    Sara I did’nt no you were such a cook. Your Mom gave me your blog site a while back and I got hooked on it. You have some kind of busy life, I could’nt keep up. But I do stay busy with Miranda’s two babies. Next time you come home I expect one of those healthy meals you cook. Enjoy your trip to London. Later Terry

  13. Jennifer says:

    Love your blog, Sarah! I’m going to try and make the Fried Apple Cakes tomorrow morning (it’s supposed to be rainy and chilly here in Chicago). Keep up the wonderful work! It’s very inspiring. :)

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks! How are you doing? Are you still in Chicago? I hope you enjoy the fried apple cakes. I might make them tomorrow too:)

  14. Mads says:

    I love your blog…your pictures are incredible!
    Your post on pizza dough has lured me in.

  15. Ashley says:

    Can’t wait to meet you! I love your header…it’s so personalized :)

  16. Barb says:

    Sarah, I know more of you via your blog than my daily interactions with you. Why is that? You are a closet extrovert!

    • Sarah says:

      Hahahaaa. I’m stealth like that Barb:)

      • Barb says:

        Sarah, I really think you should pursue your love of food; it’s so obvious! Did you know Deb H.’s daughter will be attending NECI? The daughter that travels the world and teaches English to Japanese children. The two of you are similar like that; don’t like to stay put in one place for too long, loves to travel……

  17. Noreen says:

    I found your blog while researching Tartine bread. Your details fill in the blanks and I love all the pictures. Now if I can just get a starter to live! I’ve baked Italian rustic bread from Carol Field’s ‘The Italian Baker’ but wild yeast is new to me. It’s cold here in Seattle, the perfect time to smell bread baking. I love your blog, keep writing.

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Noreen! I’ll have to try out the Italian rustic bread. I’ve just recently become into bread-baking. It’s a fun challenge!

  18. Loving your blog!

  19. Alicia says:

    love your blog! :-)

  20. Just found your blog and I am enjoying your recipes and photos! Congratulations on making Freshly Pressed!

  21. akeerie says:

    Just stumbled on your site from freshly pressed. I love the feel you’ve given to your blog and your about picture is great!

  22. plappern says:

    Also landed here from Freshly Pressed… Nice blog indeed!

  23. Amanda says:

    I happened to stumble upon your blog and really enjoy reading it and your photos are great!

    Have a great day!

    Amanda

    http://bullfrogsandbulldogs.wordpress.com/

  24. kristastes says:

    was browsing freshly pressed and found you…love your blog!!

  25. that’s a really cute introduction!

  26. racwalt1 says:

    hey! I use the same theme you do. How did you edit the page tabs css to get them to go down the side like that. I have been messing around with it for hours and can’t get it to change font or alignment. I want mine to stay across the top, but change color etc….
    If you coud clue me in that would be great :)
    http://www.collegehillrenovation.com

    • Sarah says:

      Hi! On the wordpress dashboard, under “Appearance” there should be a “Menu” tab. On that tab you can create a custom menu. I called my “sarah’s blog menu.” That’s where I added the “labels” (baking, breakfast, etc) and took away the “pages” from the main menu. Otherwise, they would show up along the top. I still have my pages, but I created images and linked the page to the image. This is done through widgets. I used the “image” widget, added the html link of my image (I had uploaded them to my flickr) and then put in the html link for the page. Hope that helps!

  27. befaster says:

    Just found your blog, and I might have to start baking now… groan, so hungry! Haha. Great photos, love Scotland as well, and look forward to seeing more cool posts!

  28. Nicole says:

    I’m really enjoying your blog. I too love crafting, traveling, The Hunger Games, pets and running! Merlin is adorable. =^_^=

  29. Awesome blog! I`m really happy I came upon it :) I especially loved reading about your Scotland adventures! I`m a travel agent and it I found it was fun and helpful. Are you from Burlington? I`m from Montreal and usually go once or twice to Burlington in the summer by boat. Love it there! Anyways just wanted to congrats you on your blog. I`m just starting off in the blog world and your work really inspires me. Keep it up!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Cynthia! My friend Laney and I looooooved Scotland. Seriously, might be my favorite place that I’ve traveled. I am in Burlington, which is also a great city, but I’m leaving in a week. I’m working on a program in London for July, then moving to Japan.

  30. hey Sarah,
    thanks for inspiring ! :)

  31. Amy says:

    Hey :) just found your blog and i absolutely love it! Your photos and recipes are so beautiful and really compliment each other! I especially like the look of those pink peanut butter hugs! Yum! Must try x

  32. Stephanie says:

    Hey Sarah! I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award!” Here’s the link: http://ontheroadtord.com/2012/06/18/one-lovely-blog/ Congrats! I’ve been stalking your blog for a while and just love it! :)

  33. Hi Sarah! I love your blog (I’m not sure if I commented before and told you that) your pictures are beautiful and everything you write is awesome! I just wanted to let you know that because I enjoy your blog so much I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. http://wp.me/p1GRQ3-bX :)

  34. patylk says:

    Hey Sarah, Your blog really inspired me, that travel section made me really go with you during your trips, and since i am so much in love with london city you cant imagine what am feeling right now away from it all… btw your pictures of food are so mouth watering that am already starving and heading to the kitchen. waiting to read some more! xoxo

  35. I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine award. Here’s the post:

    http://sushisushibento.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/sunshine-award/

    I can’t wait to hear more about how Japan is going!! Teach us some words and phrases too!!

  36. Hello Sarah, Happy New Year. I eally like your blog and nominated you for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.
    As always participation is an optional, please feel free to check

    http://rabbitcancook.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/starting-the-2013-with-love-and-awards/

  37. Hi Sarah! I’m from Malaysia, just happened to saw your post on Kuala Lumpur trip..and I absolutely love your posts on Japan life! Nice photosss you have! xoxo

  38. Hello Sarah! I’ve nominated you for the Epically Awesome Award Of Epic Awesomeness following my nomination by Heather from bitesnbooks.wordpress.com. You can see your nomination here: http://frenchgirlcuisine.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/epically-awesome-award-of-epic-awesomeness-nomination/

  39. Hi, I am glad I discovered your blog! I studied Japanese for 6 years at school but never had the chance to visit. I had language exchange friends (including one who is still a good friend 10+ years on) so looking at your blog brings back some memories.

    • Sarah says:

      That’s awesome! Your Japanese must be amazing. Japan is an incredible and unique place. I’ll be sad to leave in August:(

  40. gustatori says:

    What a great experience that you’re living right now! So happy that you’re sharing all of your pics/thoughts! http://www.gustatori.com

  41. everyinch says:

    Wow! I really love your photos. I’m also teaching in Japan, but I’ll be staying for two years. Also, as I was skimming through your posts I saw that your friend is trying to convince you to move to Portland next, and since I lived there for college and a few years after, I can say with extreme confidence that it is The Greatest Place in the World.

    • Sarah says:

      I am jealous you are staying. I am REALLY going to miss Japan! Glad to know that Portland is THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD though. I will work on making it happen!

  42. Minchan says:

    Hey Sarah. It’s a really good blog. Seems like you love adventure and challenge. Sure after Japan you should go to Korea or Indonesia.
    Thanks for inspiring!

  43. Hi, I am a follower of your blog, and I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Have a look at my post http://soufflesaviour.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/liebster-award/ for more details. Thanks and goodbye!

  44. Ally says:

    Sarah! Thanks for your awesome email, and for reading about my dating adventures. You’ve got balls for living in Japan for a year. I know because I lived in China right after college. It totally shaped who I am, and Asia is a magical region. Great photos. I can’t wait to read more of your blog.

    • priscillafoo says:

      Hey Ally,

      Probably you might want to visit Singapore if you haven’t cos Singapore is a beautiful place although its a very tiny island just right below Malaysia. We have so many things to look at here in Sunny Singapore. Oh by the way, its sun all year round!

  45. Christina says:

    Just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading your blog! Thanks!

    http://daydreamtourist.com/2013/06/17/big-thank-yous/

  46. Insung says:

    What a great blog you got here! I really enjoyed everything here especially pictures! I am looking forward to see your future posts!

    • Sarah says:

      Hello and arigato! I feel like I have been lazy in Japan, mainly using my iPhone to take pictures, so thank you for the sweet comment.

  47. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long)
    so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly
    enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for beginner blog writers? I’d
    genuinely appreciate it.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that your first comment got eaten. (Ugh, annoying.) Gosh, I have NO IDEA what I am doing with my blog, but thank you for the compliment. I think that the only thing I have been doing is blogging regularly over the past few years. My pictures aren’t great, but I have definitely improved from my first few posts (even using an iPhone camera). So, I would just say keep doing it! You will find your voice and it will start to feel more natural.

      Ganbatte!

  48. prep2eat says:

    Former VT’er. Beautiful place to live :)

  49. juliette says:

    Hi Sarah, LOVED your blog like so many others have said I got hooked quickly!

  50. mmmarzipan says:

    Hi Sarah! I just came across your blog and love it already :) Happy to follow!

  51. priscillafoo says:

    Hey Sarah I am so thankful that you posted everything about the JET Programme!

    They are finally opening the recruitment in my country – Singapore and I am extremely excited and I can’t wait to sign up for it! I am getting help from my Japanese Language teacher for a recommendation letter.

    Have you got any tips for the interview? I am not sure how is it being done (or it might be different) but i would like to know abit more so that I can prep myself for it! :)

    Cheers
    Priscilla

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Priscilla! There was another teacher in my prefecture from Singapore (a country that I would LOVE to visit, hear spectacular things about!), so I will reach out to her. I think JET might be a little different in the application process country-to-country.

      Re Interview: It’s hard when you Google it online! So many different tips and stories pop up. I wasn’t quizzed on anything about Japan (famous people, geography, politics, etc). I’m not sure if I got lucky? Or if they knew that I had no background in East Asian studies or Japanese language? My interview was pretty relaxed compared to what I’ve read online. That said, I tried to study about Japanese history, learn some vocabulary, made sure I knew my statement inside and out, and had prompt answers for why I would be a good candidate to teach in Japan.

      Ganbatte!

  52. Your a free-spirit. I like that. I am too. Always waking up in the middle of the night and screaming “I want to learn to windsurf/surf/poi dance/skateboard/mountain climb/speak Polish!”. I found a good guy to keep me grounded. Still free but now I have someone to talk me down from the really outrageous things.
    Merlin is adorable and I bet your excited to see the Divergent movie coming out soon!

  53. Just stumbled upon your blog and your crack me up.. My blog is kinda rando too so I’m diggin your style =) will i be Following– yes, please =)

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