Things are going well lately!
The weekend was good. On Saturday I worked. On Sunday I met up with a friend for lunch which we had at a hidden away little vegan restaurant in Kyoto. Good stuff. It was basically in someone’s house. With cats hanging out. Interesting. But very good and reasonable. Then I went with him to do some shopping for things to bring to Canada. Following that we went to see his friend’s tap dance recital. Then to a cafe together. Then to meet up with a different friend and the friends of his who I’d met before when we went to the southern island of Shikoku. It was good seeing those guys again. We had Okonomiyaki. With the exception of Sunday, I’ve cooked every day since last Monday. Something different everyday. It feels really good to be doing it. And a couple of times I’ve stumbled upon deliciousness I had yet to experience in this life. Bonus.
Today I first met with a prospective student, whom I had met at the American teacher’s farewell party. I met with him at the station, and then he asked if it’s OK if we go to his house to talk about conditions of the lessons. So we hopped on a bus, he paid for me, which was nice of him, and we got to his house (which is where the lessons will be). We just had a normal conversation for a while, and then we got to the matter at hand. We decided on a day of the week and time for the lessons. It works out for me pretty conveniently, as on that day I have a lesson shortly after our’s (in the same general area).
Then he asked me about what kinds of food I like, so innocently I talked about food for a bit. Conveniently, the American teacher he had previously was vegetarian too, so the student was no stranger to it. He left the room, and then proceeded to ask his wife to make some Udon for us (after I told him how I went with friends to Shikoku for Udon). Haha. I was quick to politely decline, as I had to go shortly to meet with another student. But he said there would be enough time, no problem. So I was fed quite well! Following the meal we ate, there wasn’t enough time to eat the Cherry Mochi (a kind of japanese sweets) I was given, so along with another kind of mochi, the man’s wife packed it up for me to take with me! Haha. Now, not only was I fed well. But, normally I charge a certain amount for one-hour lessons, and I previously had told this man how much it was. And I wasn’t expecting any payment today, since it was just a meeting to discuss the lessons we’ll begin on Wednesday. But he gave me an envelope with money in it, asking if that much was OK. I was surprised and said “no it’s okay really, we didn’t even have a lesson today, i don’t need it!”. He still insisted though. And he paid even more than the price I had told him last time! I told him “But it’s only X-amount!” but he said “No, Y-amount is okay!!”. Haha, craziness.
Then I rushed off to my 2-hour lesson. The student is just great! She brings a short essay each time for me to go over and correct, as well as grammar exercises from a textbook she has that she has me go over as well. And she is very eager to speak. So, my lessons with her are always enjoyable and go quite smoothly!
That lead me to return to my home station, do some grocery shopping, and come home. I hung out with a friend in the house who’ll be moving on Sunday. So we just sat and talked for a while, which was really nice. Then I tried a new kind of sandwich I’d thought up. I quickly, lightly fried a slab of tofu in a pan, with a little bit of curry powder. Cut up some tomato and onion. And put those between the slices of bread along with some avocado, a little more curry powder and a light drizzling of honey. Now, there was a small problem. Japanese bread is usually double the thickness of NORMAL bread. Haha. I anticipated this and foolishly thought I could skillfully slice one slice into two. But that didn’t work out at all. I just kind of mutilated the bread. But I stopped halfway through, so it was still kind of intact. I said, whatever, and tried it with the two thick slices. My first bites were all bread and it was a little bit of a struggle to get my mouth around it. But. It. Was. Amazing!!!
I’ve never been prouder in my life than I was today.
I even thought about buying some regularly sized slices of bread tonight and doing it up right-like. It’s definitely going to be a go-to. It was very quick and easy, nutritious and delicious. It was nutrilicious!!! No jokes.
Sorry, about that. I’m done patting myself on the back now. But it kind of hurts…..