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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

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Royal Send-off in Nagoya (by Julie)

We know the old saying "all good things must come to an end" is absolutely true and Evonne and I experienced it firsthand on Tuesday when we returned from Magome. We had planned to spend our last night in Nagoya with maybe one or two Rotarians and GSE members but much to our suprise many others came out (Mr. Fukaya, Fumi, Alex, Takanori Suzuki (past Foundation Chair), Kash, Teddy Bear and Summer). We started the evening with dinner at a small restaurant where we were presented with beautiful watches from Mr. Fukaya. We also saw some magic tricks peformed by Takanori Suzuki and were challenged to some brainbusters (e.g. building a pyramid with two tiny blocks and calculating a math equation...thank goodness we all failed miserably...not just me).

The night ended with yet another karoke session (yes, we are completely hooked). Once again, the night was great fun.

In the morning our hosts and chaueffeur extraordinares took us to the airport for our royal sendoff. For both Evonne and I, it was a bit of an emotional send off. To help us through the flight to Tokyo, we began our official countdown to Winnipeg (the district conference), where we know we will see many of our Japanese friends.

A big THANK YOU to all for making our last night in Nagoya a memorable one.


  1. Welcome home Evonne! When you are done with the jet lag and feel like you have yourself back to whatever "normal" looks like, let's talk - would love to hear more about it!!!!

  2. Welcome home Evonne and Julie! Glad to hear the last leg of your journey was fun and memorable! ~Rebecca

  3. What a fabulous journey! Welcome back to Canada!