But with the development and comfort of living comes a pretty expensive price tag. There are no night markets to peruse, no rice kitchens with nice ladies who smile really big around the corner. There are no filthy street dogs to love, no stray cats to take babies from, no island adventures on the weekend. The price of living here is extravagant, and I live in the country. Alcohol by far is my single largest expense apart from actual rent, and that’s not cheap either. The money made here is good, and saving is much more of a reality than it is in Thailand, but only through budgeting, staying local most weekends, cooking at home pretty much all the time, can it be realized.
I’ve loved Japan as I loved my time in Thailand. The two experiences have been about as drastically different as they could be however, in almost every aspect. It’s been really good to see two different paths in the spectrum of teaching ESL, to be able to know a different life, a different country, doing the same thing. I’ve asked myself if one has been better than the other constantly, but it’s a question I’m unable to answer. Both are what they are, were, have been. And what is life if not for seeing all the strange things you can get yourself into?