Rebecca Goes Rendezvous

An American living the French life.

Destination: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park & Tokyo, Japan (Part 1)

Shinjuku in Tokyo (June 2016).

Following our overnight stay in Atami, my family and I left with our tour group to continue towards Tokyo, the capital of Japan known for its blend of modern and tradition within its metropolis. Before we arrived there, however, we had one more stop en-route at the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where we spent much of our second full day enjoying the lush, natural sights that it had to offer.

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Postcard: Kyoto, Japan


Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto (June 2016).

Destination: Narita, Kamakura, & Atami, Japan

At the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (June 2016).

Around this time last year, I went with my family to Japan for the first time. We spent eight days touring the island of Honshu, visiting a mixture of big cities and small towns, all the while eating good Japanese food to our heart’s content. Considering that this summer is just around the corner, I thought that I would dedicate a series of posts to my time in Japan, in order to gear up for this year’s trip somewhere in the world (you’ll soon find out!).

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Stories (poem)

(inspired by a night in the Sahara desert- May 2017)


Tonight, the universe plays
like television in the middle of nowhere
now here, centered on the stars.

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Postcard: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan


Inside the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park (June 2016).

Reflections on Anonymity and Success after Graduation

As you can tell from the title, today’s post will be somewhat different since it’s neither about traveling nor about my teaching experience in France. The idea came to me a couple of weeks ago while I was back at home (as in Los Angeles): I live close to the middle and high schools that I attended back in the day and, considering that the school year is (was) coming to an end for students, I couldn’t help but reflect about my own experiences back when I was in school. Although they might not seem that long ago for some people, I admit that they are starting to become distant, fading memories for me…

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Crazy Travel Story #3: That One Time I Got Robbed in Morocco…

First, let me preface this story by saying that I don’t look for trouble when I travel. If anything, I do my very best to blend in with the crowd, to keep my head down and walk away quickly, if necessary. I also pride myself in the fact that I have a natural resting bitch face, which has probably helped me avoid a lot of sticky situations that have happened to others whom I’ve met. You could say that I’m an extra cautious traveler, in that respect.

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Postcard: Blois, France


View of Blois from its château (April 2017).

Destination: Fez, Morocco

Bou Inania at dusk (May 2017).

My adventures in Morocco came to an end in Fez (or “Fès”), located in the northeast and is considered the cultural capital of the country. Along with my friend with whom I was traveling since Marrakech, we spent three nights in the city exploring as much of the souks and notable landmarks that it had to offer, as well as eating to our heart’s content on delicious Moroccan food, both traditional and modern.

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