Welcome to Trekking with Becky, and thank you for taking an interest in learning about Becky – me! 😀
My name is Becky Osawa. I’m from a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, called Kapuskasing. I’ve lived in Japan from September 8th, 2010 until March 28th, 2016 and since June 1st, 2016, I’ve been living in Moscow, Russia. I teach English full-time, and I take every possible opportunity to travel.
I’ve always enjoyed travelling and seeing new places, but I realized that I had officially caught the travel bug in 2009 when I went on my first solo trip. I had to do research for my history M.A. thesis in England so of course, I made a vacation out of it, and it was EPIC!
This trip to England changed my life. It was so exhilarating; the sheer joy I felt made it impossible to imagine not being able to go exploring and seeing new places whenever possible.
Being half-Japanese with admiration for my heritage and culture, especially traditional Japanese music, enka, one of my dreams had always been to see Japan, the land of my ancestors. I realized that the best opportunity to see Japan would be after I finished university, so I found a job and moved to Japan after I defended my thesis in September 2010.
Living in Japan was wonderful; you gotta love the service, the scenery, the people, the countless different things to see, and the festivals. Living in an Asian country made travelling to other Asian countries easier and much cheaper than visiting all the way from Ontario.
The same applies to living in Moscow. Seeing other European countries is a piece of cake and so cheap that I find myself laughing at the computer screen. 😀
Otherwise, living in Moscow is quite different and learning Russian is so difficult, but Russia’s never boring.
I love talking about my passions, three of them being culture, history, and travelling; culture and history inspire me to travel, and I hope that my passion for travelling, knowledge and experiences living in Japan and in Russia, and all my travel tips, tidbits, and treasures will make your life easier and encourage you to travel.
By the way, most of my travel is SOLO!
Don’t let being a lone female stop you! 😀
1) Momotaro Matsuri, my favourite festival in Japan, in Take Me to the World
2) The Biggest Life Lesson I’ve Learned from Travelling in Food & Photos around the World
3) A Moment that Helped Restore My Faith in Humanity from my day trip to Macau in Once in a Lifetime Journey
4) My Home Away from Home in Inner Compass Travel
5) The Benefits of Travelling Solo in Wanderlust Storytellers
6) I Just Didn’t Like It (Taiwan) in Twirl the Globe
7) Exploring My Hometown – Kapuskasing in Back Road Ramblers
8) Tastes Like Home in Untold Morsels
9) Everything You Need to Know About English Teaching Abroad Jobs in The Broke Backpaker
Features & Interviews
1) INTERVIEW – Kate and Kris’ Teacher Tales series about teaching English abroad
2) INTERVIEW – Teaching English in Japan in The Broke Backpackers
3) INTERVIEW – 10 Expats from around the World Talk about Life as an Expat in Currency UK Ltd.
5) Sunrise over Angkor Wat (Cambodia) featured in Inspire and Wander’s New Beginnings, A Sunrise Photo Essay
6) The following three posts are featured in Nomadic Notes’ Travel Guides for Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, and Seoul:
i) Golden Mount, Golden Views (Bangkok)
ii) Crossing the Street in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)
iii) Three Big FREEBIES in Seoul