自転車の日記 – The Bicycle Diaries

Since last week’s post was all about the realization of a new life here, it is only fitting that this weeks post is concerned with the nature of that new life and all of the new adventures it brings. Naturally, the experience, as with every one, has not been an incredible, paradigm-shifting one, but just a general slice of life.

I have work at 8:20 every morning, and I normally wake up two hours to an hour-and-a-half beforehand. In that time, I shower, make breakfast, brush my teeth, dress myself and hop on my bike to make the five minute commute to work, and when the day is done I ride my bike around Kiryu before eventually making my way home. However, though this may sound mundane, it has been a rather interesting week of discovery in more ways than one.

Through this first week of routine, I have found my own rhythm to the mornings when I wake up. Like many other college students and recent graduates, I am still accustomed to the “work hard, play hard” school of thought which usually resulted in me waking up fifteen minutes before class began to then arrive on time in a huff of drowsiness, self-loathing, and frustration. However, I can no longer be afforded that lifestyle, and, as such, I have begun to go to bed at a reasonable hour and then awaken early enough to be prepared for the day. I shower after waking up, and then I make my breakfast, which consists of green tea, miso soup, rice, fried eggs, and some granola w/ dried fruit. In college, breakfast was almost a delicacy during the week, and it is astounding how much better my days start off now that I have made it a mainstay in my diet. I am …continue reading