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COMING TO JAPAN

My Junior High School Blog

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Hello! My name is Damon Mitchell - and this is a picture of me from June 2008.

At this time I was living and working in Slovakia (in Europe) in a town called Kosice.

This is Kosice.

2009-06-23 Halavna, Kosice

2009-06-23 Halavna, Kosice

I worked as an English teacher there for Berlitz language school.

I have been interested in Japan for a long time. So I studied Japanese with my Japanese and Slovak friends. (Katka, Hiroko and Daniel)

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It was in 2008 I decided to move to Japan and work here. I applied for a job with the JET program as an ALT teacher.

In January 2009 I flew to London to for a job interview, I was very nervous and didn't think I did a good interview - BUT after 3 months I got a letter offering me a job :-) I was very happy!

I had many things to do to leave Slovakia - I had to leave my old job and my old flat, I had to sell all of my furniture and electronics as I had nowhere to put them. It was very scary, but most difficult was leaving my cat and dog.

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My cat, Mitten, is still living in Slovakia with my friend Nada, and my dog, Dobby, travelled to England and lives with my sister now. This is me with Dobby by the airport in Vienna - I was very sad that day.

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Then, on July 1st 2009, I left Slovakia and flew back to England to start training for my new job.

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After the training I had almost a month free before it was time to go to Japan, so I decided to travel in England a bit and have a nice time with some of my good friends.

This is my best friend, Nik.

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We travelled to Wales together for a two week holiday. We tried many activities like kayaking, whitewater rafting, riding and surfing.

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It was a great holiday!

I also visited Oxford to see my friend Julian.

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Oxford is a very old and beautiful city,

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and Julian has a nice family.

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It was a very nice trip, but it was also my last trip in England. It was almost the end of July now and on August 1st I had to fly to Tokyo to start my new life!!

Posted by DKJM74 03:52

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