Time really flies when you are taken to a context far from the one you are used to. Our first semester in Kyoto is drawing to an end. Summer is far and it’s hardly possible to go out during the daytime due to humidity and hot air. Even if I enjoy heat, it’s hard to find comfort in constant sauna kind of temperatures.
Nights are nice and warm though and I saw the first fireflies yesterday walking along one of the streams leading to Kamogawa! They are so cool though I was told that they are basically just looking for a partner to mate with. Well, I guess there are worse reasons to look flamboyant enough to be easily eaten by predators. They look very calming. I could have stared at them for hours (that, of course, would not even have been possible because of my home coming time).
I also made a 4-day trip to Finland of all places (!) to help with the events there. We had series of Japan-related events going on in Helsinki last week. Despite the jetlag and constant tiredness it was really nice to meet friends and to be able to take part in the festivities. And to be reminded that I actually have a life outside of tea, too.
But it was also nice to get back to our usual practice here. I still enjoy our daily keiko, even more so now that we start doing different things every day. I just love studying. And I do feel very lucky to be here.