Exchange to Japan!

Update posted by Sequoia Edwards On Oct 02, 2017

Hi all, a quick update before I go to sleep — and then it's to the airport in the morning, to leave for Japan! I thought I'd make a vlog update video right before leaving but I ran out of time, sorry!!

Here's my Japanese blog for during the exchange:
https://teo-japan.dreamwidth.org/
English version (translation of the Japanese):
https://teo-eng.dreamwidth.org/

I won't have internet at home (can't afford it) and won't even have a mobile phone (to help take photos) for a while, so updates will probably be slow and that also means the English version will lag behind the Japanese one. Tip: If you ever go abroad, do the same as me and write a blog in the language of the country no matter how bad you are; I'm already making friends via this blog despite that I haven't even set foot in Japan yet!

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Update posted by Sequoia Edwards On Jun 23, 2017

Here's the blog I'll use during my exchange, I just made it today so it doesn't have a layout or anything yet: http://teo-japan.dreamwidth.org/

The plan is that I'll write in Japanese first, then whenever I have time add in English, Esperanto, Chinook Jargon and whatever other languages I feel like.

I finally got all my papers in for the pre-VISA stuff; the school agreed to wait x number of weeks for me. The other exchange student who's coming from my school (the original one quit) is from Estonia, they don't plan on keeping an exchange blog and neither has anyone else I've asked.

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Update posted by Sequoia Edwards On Jun 01, 2017

Hi guys! The campaign currently has $17, thanks! I had various problems where the Japanese school didn't give me enough time (less than two weeks!) to get a health check-up for the pre-VISA stuff and I couldn't even get a clinic appointment before their deadline, but now I've begged them to give me extra time and they've agreed. I've sent in all the other papers aside from that. After a long time of battling my wife's parents I got them to transfer enough money to my bank account to where I could "prove" I had the necessary amount of money, because you can't get student loan money in advance (it's paid out monthly). Speaking of the parents, yesterday morning the mom flipped out and was screaming and screaming at my wife about this exchange stuff, if you want to know how my home situation is.

I ordered reading glasses, which were $600 despite that the glasses shop owner even helped me find the cheapest frames. But, that's the most normal cost for glasses for someone who has my eyesight (it cost the same in the USA and Iceland too). I've started cleaning up my room and throwing out all my stuff so that no matter what my wife's parents do to our things while we're away, it won't be a problem (they've already been talking about taking over our room while we're gone — despite that as far as they know, we'll only be gone for a single semester).

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Backed with $20.00 On Jul 24, 2017

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Hey, you shouldn’t be donating Jocelyn, you’re in a really bad situation yourself!! But I’ll give you a huge thank you anyway ;D You motivate me to get things done too, though I might not talk about it so much. I wish I could help you more as well, but hopefully in the future when I have a job I’ll always be able to help people out and "make up" for these years I’m living through right now where I can’t.

Sequoia Edwards

Posted On May 05, 2017

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It's not as much as I'd hope to contribute, but any support I can provide, I will! I really don't know anyone else who is as great of a friend, is determined, and as hard working as you. Wishing you the best of luck!

Jocelyn Figueroa

Backed with $5.00 On May 05, 2017

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Thank you!!! Wow, I already have $12 in two days thanks to you two, thanks so much!

Sequoia Edwards

Posted On May 05, 2017

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Anonymous

Backed with $5.00 On May 05, 2017

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Thank you!! I grinned for an hour seeing this! (Also I’m testing to see if I can reply to comments here)

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