2016-06-29

Blogging Again


I took some time away from blogging mostly because, I was lazy. We also have had a fairly busy time with all the travel. For the rest of the year I plan to get back onto my minimum one post a month schedule.
Some tastiness from Osaka

So what exactly have I been up to, you ask? Since we left Taiwan in March, we have visited Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan. Most of those have been short trips; less than two weeks. The longest has been Japan. We have been here for over two months. While we have traveled we have gotten to see all kinds of interesting things, reconnect with old friends, and made some new ones.

Besides visiting castles, shopping districts, and other local landmarks, we have also been engaging in one of our favorite hobbies, eating! Every place we go has some great food that is special and tasty in it's own way. For example, if you like spicy food Thailand is amazing. Even their salads are spicy!

As far as language learning goes, I haven't use much Chinese outside of the home, since we left Hong Kong. I am maintaining what I got, with the wife and some of our friends, I am probably averaging 5-6 hours of talk time a week, but no study for active improvement.

Since we have been in Japan, I have been learning **drum roll please** Japanese. I am not doing an intensive thing like I did with Spanish, but I am still learning a lot and having fun putting it to use. Since we eat out a lot here some of our best vocabulary and phrases involve food, and paying for it. Don't read too much into that, we are still very much at a Tarzan stage. For people that know the JLPT, we wouldn't even be near the N5 yet.

Speaking of Spanish, a few weeks ago I started reviewing and practicing that again. Then earlier this week I joined a community to help keep me regular and accountable. It has been a lot of fun to see how much I remember, and hopefully I can get up to an intermediate level by the end of the year. I will keep you posted on that.

We plan to hit up another place or two soon. After that, we will spend a few more months in Japan before heading to another region that speaks Spanish. With that in mind I will try to update you on how far we got with those two languages over the next six months.

I also plan to post a bit more about our travels,  what I thought about the various places we traveled, things to see, and so on. I will get the next post up here in the next 2 weeks.