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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Safe Travels (by Rosie)

Sunday was the big day. It was a bitter sweet day as we had to say our final goodbyes to the many friends we'd made while in Japan but it was also a day where 3 of us would be seeing our families again. Ben, Rebecca and Rosie traveled back to the United States and were welcomed home by our loved ones. Julie and Evonne continued their travels in Japan for a few more days traveling to Magome and Tokyo and will finally fly home to their families on Thursday.

Thanks again to everyone that was involved with our memorable trip to Japan! "Domo Arigato Gozaimashita...da da da da...ting"!

My (Rosie) whole family met me at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport in Minnesota...


  1. Welcome home team!!! It has to be great to be back and see your loved ones. I remember coming home from my GSE trip to my wife and little kids....ten years ago.... That's a special memory you'll have forever!

    Rebecca was at Bemidji Rotary today! What a trooper!

  2. what a wonderful journey! It looks like you've had a fantastic time that will live long in your memories. I've been following and reliving memories of my own. Safe travels to all of you. You've done a great job with the blog.