27/03/2018メルボルンからアデレードへと移動した。
本当はメルボルンに落ち着く予定だったのだが、意外と仕事探しに苦労したのが大きな理由だ。メルボルンは大きなシティーだから仕事の募集はたくさんあるだろうと考えて動いてきたのだが、メルボルンが良い待ち過ぎて仕事を求めてやってくる人が多く、仕事の需要と釣り合わないらしい。もちろん職種を選ばなければいくらだって仕事はあるだろう。

それと、長くいるつもりでシェアハウスに移ったのだが、ここでまた僕のbad luck。日本人と他のアジア人もいると聞いて決めたのだが、実際は5人日本人、1人香港人。そして1人の日本人がボス気取りで毎日のようにパーティー、ドラッグ。それが2amを過ぎても。いるんだよね、こういう海外に出てきて調子にのる日本人って。uncool。別に何しようが人の勝手だから良いけど、シェアハウスのリビングを占領して毎晩好き勝手に騒がれるのには我慢できず、丁度仕事探しにも苦戦していたところで動くことにした。
27/03/2018 I moved to Adelaide from Melbourne.
I was thinking to stay for a long in Melbourne, but unexpectedly that was hard to find a job. That is a big reason. I thought there is a lot of job vacancies in such a big city Melbourne. But the truth is many people think like that and move to Melbourne for seeking a job. Also Melbourne is a too nice city according to some reputations. So the demand of job does not balance with the number of job seekers. Although if you do not choose a type of job, you could get one quite possibly.
I moved to a shared house for assuming long stay. But here my bad luck comes. I heard there are Japanese and other nationalities living. In fact, 5 Japanese and only one Honking guy who is really quiet. The thing is one of the Japanese guys is so bossy and he does whatever he wants. He uses the house like its his. Every night he invites his friends and have a party, taking drugs, drinking even beyond 2am. That was so disgusting and annoying, also I do not like bossy guy. I do not care what people do. But I can not live with like them under the same roof. That was also the trigger of my moving.
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14/03/28からメルボルンに移ってきた。まずメルボルンのダウンタウンに行って感じたのが東京を思い出させるような人の多さ。道を歩いていて人とぶつかるのを避けないと歩けないのは久しぶりだ。世界で1番住みやすいと言われている都市だけあって、確かに町並みはとても綺麗で、雰囲気が張り詰めてなくどこか居心地の良さを感じる。
ダウンタウンから出た郊外はどこもゆったりとしていて、ダウンタウンに行かない限りはここがオーストラリアで2番目に大きい都市とは感じさせない静かさがある。
物価については、自炊をすればそこまで高くつかないかなと思う。ただ野菜とフルーツは物によってかなり高い。時期の物とオーストラリア産の物を選んで買えばコストを抑えられると思う。1番辛いのは、交通費が高い。1週間のパスで40ドルぐらい。月パスだと150ドル。バンクーバーに住んでいるときの倍の値段なのは辛い。後は、ジムに通おうと思ったのだが、どこもだいたい月100ドルから。プラス入会費。カナダで通っていたジムは月30ドルだった。コミュニティーセンターでも月60ドルぐらい。だからかなり高くつくように感じ、オーストラリアではジムに通うのは諦めることにした。そして、オーストラリアではどこも映画の値段がパースと同じく10ドルかと思ったら、こっちでは基本24ドル。高すぎる。
僕がメルボルンの1番好きなところは、週末になるとYarra River沿いのレストラン通りのいたるところで路上演奏があり、タダで音楽を聴きながらゆっくりとRiverの側を歩くこと。
14/03/28, I moved to Melbourne. The first impression when I walked in downtown was the crowd of people that reminded me Tokyo. When I walk on the street, I have to avoid bumping to people. It is been a while to feel the business. But I feel comfortable in Melbourne as I heard Melbourne is the best city in the world. The cityscape is beautiful everywhere, there are many amazing, artistic buildings, and the atmosphere is not so tense and busy.
There is also nice quietness in suburb. That does not make me feel I am in Melbourne that is the second biggest city in Australia.
Speaking of the prices, If you cook at home, that does not cost a lot, I guess. Some kinds of fruits and vegetables are really expensive. But the seasonable kinds and Australian ones are reasonable. The hardest thing living in Melbourne is transportation cost. Weekly bus pass is for about  $40. That is almost double price of  Vancouver.  And also I wanted to go to a gym as I used to go in Canada, but most of gyms start up from $100 monthly plus one time only membership registration fee. That was just $30 in Canada. So I feel really expensive going to a gym here. That is why I give up working out at gym and do some at home instead. Moreover, a movie ticket was $10 in Perth everyday. So I thought that is $10 to watch a movie everywhere in Australia. I felt so happy. Then I went to a cinema i Melbourne expecting to pay just $10. But, but that was  about $24 or something. 3D or IMAX are ore than that. Too expensive. I think Tuesday is a discount day like in Canada. So I think I just go to a cinema on Tuesday. Personally speaking, Perth is a great city at that point.
My most favourite thing in Melbourne is walking along river with listening street music for free on weekends.

14/03/18からメルボルンに移った。当初、パースで仕事を見つけて、そこに長く住む予定でいたのだが、思っていたよりもシティーが小さく中々仕事探しは大変そうだった。あまりオプションがないというか、できる事が限られている。それに加え大きな理由は、もう少し南に行くと気候が涼しいと聞いたから。もう少し大きな町に行こうと思い、思いついた場所はメルボルンか、シドニー。シドニーは逆に都会すぎるような気がして、オーストラリアで2番目に大きい都市のメルボルンに行くことにした。

14/03/18, I moved to Melbourne.
At first, I was planning to settle down in Perth, find a job and live for a long. But I thought the city of Perth is a bit small and it might be hard to find a job. Which means it is limited what I can do out there. Moreover, the big reason of the movement is Perth is too hot for me. And I heard when you go to more south side, the climate is cooler.
I decided to go to a bigger city and got two options. One is Sydney, and the other one is Melbourne. I felt like Sydney is too urban for me, so I chose going to Melbourne that is the second biggest city in Australia.

Perth/ パース

April 1, 2018 — Leave a comment
08/03/18から14/03/18も1週間はオーストラリアの西側にあるパースにいた。パースは自然豊かでのんびりしていて、世界一美しい街に選ばれた事もあると聞いていたからあまり都会を好まない僕にはぴったりかと思い期待していた。
パースについて初めに思ったのが暑い。3月のオーストラリアはほとんど夏の終わりのはずなのに。暑いせいか町並みを見ていてもどこか南国の国、フィリピンなどに似ている雰囲気を感じた。しばらく滞在していた場所が駅から徒歩で20分ほどのところで、周りには家しかなく、いつも出かけるのに炎天下の中を20分歩くだけで汗だくだった。
ダウンタウンを歩くと平日の日中でも多くの人を見かけた。ダウンタウンの岸から眺める景色は素晴らしかった。ダウンタウンから電車で30分ぐらいのところのFremantle にはBathers Bayというビーチがあり、そこは水が透き通っていてとても綺麗だった。
そして、僕の個人的なパースの1番良いところは、映画が毎日10ドル。これがどれだけ素晴らしいことか。
パースはダウンタウンから外れると本当に静かで何もなく、静かにゆったりと暮らすにはとても良い場所だと思う。ただ、僕は暑いのよりは寒いぐらいの方が好きだと感じた。
For a week from 08/03/18 to 14/03/18, I was in Perth, Australia where is West side Australia. I have heard that Perth has been chosen one of the most beautiful cities in the world and lots of nature left and very quiet city. So I expected Perth would be a perfect city for me who do not prefer a big, busy city.
First impression of Perth is Hot. Although March is about the end of summer in Australia. Perhaps because of the hot climate, the cityscape of Perth seems like the Philippines or tropical countries for me. There were only houses and nothing else near the place where I was staying out there, I had to walk down to a train station for 20 minutes under the sun. That was really hot and I got sweat a lot by just walking to the station to get to the central city.
There were many people in downtown even in weekdays. Not as much as Vancouver though. The view from the shore of downtown was so nice. There is a Bathers Bay Beach in Fremantle where is about 30 minutes by a train from downtown. The water was so clear and the beach was so clean. That was spot beautiful.
My personal best thing in Perth is a movie thicket is everyday just $10. How wonderful it is.
Out of downtown in Perth, it is so quiet and there is not much things. But I thought it is a great place for living peacefully. But I felt I prefer coldness than hotness.
実は半年ほど前、ちょうど南アメリカの旅に出る時からベジタリアンになった。しかし、南アメリカの多くの国は肉が主食。そして、コロンビアにいた2ヶ月間は毎日のようにチキンを食べていた。好きで食べていたわけではない、食べないと生きられなかった。僕は、今のところ魚に対してはあまり抵抗があるわけではなく、好んでは食べないけど、出されたりそれしか食べるものがなかったら食べる。ただコロンビアの田舎町で、毎日毎食のように町の人が肉を食べる中完璧にベジタリアンにはなれず、ポークやビーフは除いてもチキンは食べる他に選択肢がなく、毎日仕方なく食べていた。
カナダに戻ってきてからは、スーパーで何でも手に入り、自分の食生活を管理できるようになったから肉を食べなくても生活ができている。
さて、僕のベジタリアンになった理由、僕のベジタリアンのセオリーについて少し語ろう。
この21世紀に生きる人で、どれだけの人が自分で動物を飼って解体して食べているだろう?特に資本主義社会のトップを走るアメリカ、日本、カナダなどの国でどれだけの人が、そもそも動物を自分の手で血を浴びながら殺して、その殺した動物を食べたことがあるだろう?
僕は、3年前初めてフィリピンに行った時に、そこの村の伝統で豚の殺されるところを初めて見た。豚はものすごい悲鳴をあげながら暴れたが喉を切られて丸焼きにされ、日本人のボランティア学生たち含め皆の夕食となった。数名の日本人の大学生の女の子たちは豚が殺されるところを見て泣いていた。僕はもともとポークが好きじゃなかったのと、その生々しいシーンを見て食べる気になるはずがなく一切食べなかった。(当時の豚の写真は下に。)さて、ここでベジタリアンになるのかと思いきや、その後2年間ほど肉を食べた。当時カナダに留学をするまで、まずベジタリアンという概念が全くなかった。
僕は18で飲食の世界に足を踏み入れるまで肉が好きではなかった。肉を食べない僕を心配した母は、いつもいつも僕に無理矢理でも肉を食べさせようと必死だった。18になって飲食店で働くようになってからは人付き合いの中で肉にあまり抵抗なく食べるようになった。それがカナダに留学してから初めてベジタリアンの概念を持つ人に出会った。
カナダにはベジタリアンもビーガンも沢山いて、食事の場面でベジタリアンとビーガンの人がいるかどうかを気にするのがエチケットだ。そこから色々なベジタリアンの人の価値観を知っていく中で、なぜ僕は好きでもない動物の肉を食べるんだと思うようになり、僕は自分で動物を殺したことがない、殺したくもない、ともフィリピンの豚のことを思い出しながら深く考えるようになり、ある時から動物を食べる事に抵抗感を覚えベジタリアンになった。
これは勿論僕のセオリーで、きっとベジタリアンやビーガンとカテゴリーで括ったとしても1人1人自分なりの理由をもっていると思う。そして動物を食べる事には色々な意見があるだろう。別に僕は、動物を食べたい人は食べればいいと思う。ただ、食べる前に1度、自分で動物を殺して解体して、その上で食べるか食べないか決定して欲しいとも強く思う。
人間は動物を狩りをして、動物は食されて当然だと考える人も多々いるが、21世紀の都心では動物を食べないような選択肢なんていくらでもある。動物を食べなければ生きていけない世の中は既に終わっている。アグリカルチャーという選択肢があるこの世の中、動物を食べなくても人は健康的に生きていける世の中、人1人1人が自分の食べる物をよく考えて選択していく事が大事ではないのだろうか。
I actually tuned to a vegetarian since a half year ago, just when I left Canada for the journey in South America. However, as you know, meat is staple in many of countries in South America. So I had been eating a chicken everyday for a couple months in Columbia. I did not like to eat it. I had no choice out there for survive. I do not have a strong resistance to eating a fish so far, but I do not prefer to eat it either. If a fish is served for me at some occasions, I take it as an appreciation. Nevertheless in such a small village of Columbia, meat is a staple food and all people eat meat almost every meal from breakfast to dinner in that village. Even except poke and beef, I had to compromise to eat chicken at least.

Since I got back to Canada, I could get anything from super stores, and I could manage my diet. So I stopped eating any meat since then.
Let’s talk about the reason I became a vegetarian and my theory of being a vegetarian.
In this 21st century, how many people kill animals and slaughter by themselves and eat those? Especially in those countries that are running on the top of capitalism such as Japan, US, Canada, how many people have ever slaughtered by their hands and eaten the meat?
About 3 years ago, when I went to the Philippines, I saw slaughtering a pig right in infant of me for the first time.The pig yelped with fear of dead and pain. The pig was cut its throat by the hands of Philippinos and tuned to a dinner for all staffs out there including Japanese volunteer people after all. Few of young female Japanese volunteers were crying when they saw the slaughter. I actually did not like the taste of poke since a kid and after the vivid scene. I could not eat it at all.(The picture of the pig is below.) However, I did not turn to a vegetarian right after seeing the vivid slaughter. For the two years after then, I was still eating meat. The thing is I did not know the thought of vegetarian or vegan until I went to Canada.
I actually did not like any meat until 18 year-old when I start to work in the food-service industry. My mother was always worried about me avoiding to eat meat, she tried to let me eat meat somehow all the time. But since started to work at an Italian restaurant, I was taken to eat out at many kind of restaurant by my colleagues, and gradually my residence of eating meat was gone. When I went to Canada, I met so many people who have the thought of Vegetarian and Vegan for the first time in my life.
In Canada, there are so many Vegetarians and Vegans, caring about them at the scene of meal is considered etiquette. Throughout meeting many those people and getting to know about their thought of vegetation and vegan, I was gradually thinking like why I am eating meat even I do not like it, I have never even killed any animals by my hands, I do not even want to kill them. Moreover that brought the memory of the pig seen in the Philippines. One day when I realized, I got the feeling of residence about eating meat and turned to a vegetarian.
That is just my own theory and I think each person who is vegetarian or vegan has own theory or reason why they do not eat meat like majority of people do. And also those people who eat meat have own opinion for it as well, I guess. I do not say do not eat meat. That is a personal choice. But I just want to say one thing to people who eat meat, do slaughter animal by yourself, feel what you feel then decide wether you eat meat or not. That is what I strongly think.
Some people say that is a nature affair and no surprises on human hunt and eat other animal, that is survival affair. But this is 21 century. In this century, especially in urban core, there are plenty of options for diet without eating meat. The world has already changed. In this modern century, we have agriculture as one of options, people could live healthily avoiding to eat meat if we flourish agriculture more. The important thing is each person decide what they eat before putting it in their mouth without thinking.

It’s been a couple months to upload my blog.
In fact, in the past 2 months, I was back in Vancouver where I was used to. I applied for a working holiday visa, but I did not know whether I can stay for a long until visa comes. And also I wanted to spend some time thinking alone. So I did not contact all friends in Van since I got back.
I was planning to work as an ece (early childhood educator) again for a while. While I was waiting for the visa, I was researching about where I work,and I was occasionally asked for a babysitter and I helped my fiend’s daycare sometimes. I thought that Canada ‘s working holiday visa comes down quickly, but that did not happen and I had to leave by the expiration day of the last visa. So I was thinking a lot about where I will go next. After researching countries where working holiday visa can be taken, I decided to go to Australia. Because Australia allows to get a visa by online and that takes really quickly and easily. So I could come without returning to Japan once. According to my research, prices are a bit high in Australia, but the hourly wages are quite good, so I could save some money. I was always thinking that I want to go to Australia one day, so I thought it was the timing.
Actually, I was also thinking going back to Japan for a while, stay at my friend’s house and work for a half year for saving money. So I told that my mother. But she said, “Once you return to Japan, you will forget English and Spanish that you learned, so do not come back to Japan. Go either in French or Spanish or wherever you can get a visa and stay. Go to another country and stay abroad. ” Suddenly It seemed foolish thatI was having a heady idea of ​​whether she would be pleased when I tell her coming back to home country after a long absence. About three years ago, it was her who strongly pushed my back when I first decided to go to the Philippines, for the first time of going abroad.

2ヶ月ぶりの投稿だ。
実はこの2ヶ月、僕は住み慣れたバンクーバーに戻っていた。ワーキングホリデービザを申請していて、ビザが来るまで長期で滞在できるのがわからないのと、この半年南アメリカに旅に出てから色々あって1人でゆっくりと考える時間が欲しく、ブログも更新せず、あまり多くの友達に連絡はしなかった。
ビザが下りたらしばらくまた保育士として働くつもりで仕事場所をリサーチしながら、時々頼まれた時にベビーシッターをしたり、仲の良い知り合いのデイケアでヘルプをしたりしてビザを待っていた。カナダのワーキングホリデービザはすぐに下りるものだと思っていたのだが、これが意外にも来ず、結局ビザの切り替えに間に合わなくなりこれからどうするか色々と考えた。そしてワーキングホリデービザが取れる国を調べた結果、日本に帰らずにビザが簡単に取得できる場所はオーストラリアぐらいしかなく、オーストラリアにそのまま行くことにした。リサーチによると、オーストラリアは物価は少し高いが、その分時給がかなりいいため貯金ができるとのこと。いつかオーストラリアには行ってみたいとは思っていたから、これはタイミングなのかなと思った。
実は僕らしくもなく、日本に一旦帰国してしばらく友達の家に泊まりつつ、半年ぐらい働いて貯金することも本気で考えて一度母親に連絡した。すると、さすが僕の母親は、”一度日本に帰ってきたらせっかく学んだ英語もスペイン語も忘れてしまうから、日本には帰ってくるな。フランス語でもスペイン語でもなんでもいいから、どこかビザの取れる国に行け。あんたは海外にいなさい。”と一喝。久しぶりに日本に帰ると言ったら快く迎えてくれるのかなというあまい考えが自分の頭にあったのが馬鹿らしく思えた。そういえば、3年ほど前、僕が初めて1人でフィリピンに留学する時も強く背中を押してくれたのは僕の母親だったと思い出した。

It may be England that you first imagine when you hear London (I did), but I have been in London, Ontario, Canada. About 3 hours away from Toronto. You can also go from London to Detroit in the United States in about three hours.
I think that there are some people who think of London is Justin Bieber’s hometown (I was one of them), but when I asked a Canadian, Justin was born as a hospital in London but as soon as he was born, he moved to Stratford which is just an hour away from London. So Justin is not a Londoner (a person who is born in London).
The town is very quiet, downtown is also quite small compared to Vancouver and Toronto. However, there are two big shopping malls, so you do not have to worry about shopping. It seems that there are many retired people live there. Those who retire and want to live quietly in order to spend their old age. So I have seen lots of old people. Because of that, it was very peaceful and people were kind, and I felt like time was passing slowly. I do not want to live in too much rural or also too countryside with nothing there. I do not like people in Tokyo and Toronto who are chased by time and cold. That’s why London was very comfortable for me. However, the problem was there are few buses. That is a difficulty. I had to walk 20 minutes to the nearest bus stop and wait for mostly 30 minutes for a bus. Canada’s winter in the east side is rather tough. The average temperature in winter in London is minus 10 degrees or less. While walking in the snowstorm at -15, it is rather tough to walk the snow road and wait for the bus. How jealous I felt to those people who uses only a car everyday… Well, it was a good experience for me to feel the taste of winter in Canada compare to Vancouver ‘s warm  climate.
Following 2 months in London, considering transportation, work and network, I finally decided to leave London and going back to Vancouver. I thought it would be the best for me for now.

ロンドンと聞くと真っ先に思い浮かべるのはイングランドかもしれないが、僕が滞在していたのはカナダ、オンタリオ州にあるロンドン。大都市のトロントからは3時間ほど。ロンドンからアメリカのデトロイトまでも3時間ほどで行くことができる。
ロンドンと聞くとジャスティンビーバーの出身地だと思い浮かべる人がいると思うが(僕もその1人だった)、カナディアンに聞くとジャスティンはロンドンの病院で生まれたが、生まれてすぐにStratfordというすぐ近くの町に移ったからジャスティンはロンドナー(ロンドン出身の人を指す。マイナーな呼び名。)ではないのだと。
町はとても静かで、ダウンタウンもバンクーバーやトロントに比べるとかなり小さい。けれど、大きなショッピングモールが2つあるから特に買い物に困ることはない。退職した人が老後を静かに過ごすために移り住んでくる人が多いらしく、年寄りがたくさんいる。そのおかげもあり、とてものどかで人々も優しく、時間がゆっくり進んでいるような感じがした。僕はあまり田舎すぎて何もないところも嫌だけど、東京やトロントみたいに大都市で人は時間に追われて冷たい人が多いところも嫌だ。だからロンドンはとても心地よかった。ただ、バスが少ない。それが難点。ステイ先から最寄りのバス停まで20分歩かなくてはいけなくて、そこからバスを長い時だと30分以上待つ。東側のカナダの冬はなかなかしんどい。ロンドンの冬の平均温度はマイナス10度以下。−15で吹雪いている中、雪道を歩いてバスを待つのはかなりしんどい。車しか使わない人にどれだけ嫉妬したことか。。まあバンクーバーの温暖な気候しか知らなかった僕にとては、本当のカナダの寒さを体感できたのは良い経験だった。
2ヶ月のロンドンでの滞在を終え、交通や仕事、ネットワークを考えた結果、やはりバンクーバーに一度帰るのがベストかなと考えロンドンの地を後にすることにした。

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It’s been a month since I left Peru.
The initial plan in Peru was to work while refining my Spanish and to stay there about 4 or 5 months. But from the very first day, the employee who had decided to hire me as a babysitter since 2 months ago didn’t appear in the meeting place. The fact is I had no plans except that babysitter job. So I had been staying at guest houses all time in Peru. As a result, I decided to study as I had previously written in my blog.
Tourism is more prosperous out there than I thought. That seemed to be entirely counting on the tourism industry. The center of Cuzco was full of foreign tourists every day. That many people would visit Machu Picchu. Even though foreigners were overflowing, I didn’t see any contact between local Peruvians and foreigners except for the purposes of business. Peru’s prices are considerably cheaper compared to the United States and Canada. In places for tourists, of course, pricing is for them, not for local people. Speaking of restaurants, it costs more than three times than local restaurant. There is a huge gap between pricing for foreigners and locals. First of all, local people will not enter such tourist shops. So the stores used by local people and the stores used by tourists are completely different. Local people desperately try to get some money from tourists such as inducing massage, souvenirs, anywhere in the central of Cusco.
Cusco is quite famous for antiquities, most of tourists will come for them. There are antiquities everywhere in the city, but everywhere It considerably costs high entrance fee. I was quite surprised when I heard the price of the most famous Machu Picchu. Together with entrance fee and transportation fee, It cost at least US$300 or more per person. Even for tourists, it’s not cheap amount. It would be a tremendous amount for local people. I was one of the poor backpackers and I wasn’t also interested in the ruins, moreover I did not feel like going to pay that price alone. So after all it was nearly two weeks in Cuzco, I have never been any antiquities even Machu Picchu.
It costed a lot staying there rather than I thought, I couldn’t find a job with my poor Spanish language skill which is beginner level, the atmosphere like specializing by tourism industry didn’t suit, more various things affected and after all I decided to leave Peru. Additionally, for the last few days, I got sick by the climate and elevation of Cusco and I was in the bed all the time.
Peru is completely different from any other countries I have been, and was very attractive. Maybe Peru has many ruins of such historical backgrounds Besides. There are many places to visit in Peru, next time I want to travel from top to bottom.
I also went to Cusco and had a wonderful encounter. That person was one of the early childhood educator same as me. She has her own educational theory and which is totally impressive. In truth, I wanted to volunteer at her daycare and wanted to learn about her educational theory, but after thinking variously, I decided to give up to do that this time. However, I’d like to visit Cusco again and learn about her educational theory next time.

ペルーを飛び立ってから既に1ヶ月が過ぎた。
当初の予定は、ペルーでスペイン語を磨きながら働いて4、5ヶ月ぐらいは向こうで生活をするつもりだった。それが初日から、2ヶ月前から住み込みでベビシッターをすることを決めていた雇い主の人が待ち合わせ場所に現れず、とりあえず住み込みの仕事以外はノープランだった為にとりあえずゲストハウスに泊まりその後について考えることとなった。結果、以前にもブログで綴ったように勉強することに決めた。
クスコは思っていたよりも観光業が栄えていて、というよりかは観光業にほぼ全てを頼っているように見えた。クスコの中心地は外国人観光客で毎日あふれていた。その多くの人がマチュピチュを訪れるのだろう。それだけ外国人が溢れる中、現地のペルー人との交流はビジネルの目的以外では見られなかった。というのも、ペルーの物価はアメリカやカナダと比べるとかなり安い。観光客の訪れる場所の料金設定は、もちろん観光客向けに設定されていて、飲食店で言えばローカルの3倍以上。まず現地の人々はそういった観光客用の店には入れないだろう。だから現地の人々が利用する店と、観光客が利用する店は全然違う。現地の人々は観光客から少しでも金を取ろうと必死で、中心地ではどこを歩いていてもマッサージはどうか?土産を買わないかなどと執拗に声をかけられる。
クスコは遺跡がかなり有名で、観光客のほとんどはそれが目当てで来るだろう。街のいたるところに遺跡があるのだが、どこもかなり高い入場料を取る。更に一番有名なマチュピチュの値段を聞いたときはかなり驚いた。入場料と交通費を合わせて1人3万円以上。観光客にとっても、とても安いとは言えない額。現地の人にとってはとてつもない額だろう。僕は貧乏バックパッカーの1人だったし、まずそもそも遺跡にあまり興味がなく、1人でその値段払って行く気にはならず、結局クスコに2週間近くいたがマチュピチュはおろか、どこの遺跡1つ行ってない。
思っていたよりも観光客に向けて設定されているせいで出費が多く、初心者程度のスペイン語力では仕事先も見つからず、街の観光業に特化された雰囲気が合わず、その他色々と考えた末ペルーを去ることにした。最後の数日はペルーの気候と標高にやられ体調を崩してずっとベットの上だった。
ただペルーは、そういった歴史的背景の遺跡が多く残っているせいか、今まで行ったどこの国とも全然違くとても魅力的だった。クスコ以外にもペルーはたくさん観光する場所があり、次はペルーを上から下まで回ってみたいと思う。
クスコに行って素晴らしい出会いもあった。その人は僕と同じ幼児教育者の1人で、彼女の持つ独自の教育論が素晴らしく感銘を受けた。本当は、彼女の経営するデイケアでボランティアをして彼女の教育論について学びたかったのだが、色々と考えた末に今回は諦めることにした。ただいずれ近いうちにまたクスコを訪れて彼女の教育論について学びたいと思っている。

As I mentioned before, I was teaching English at two schools: a public school and a private school in the city of Pital in Colombia.
First of all, speaking of the private school, a principle of school has all power inside of the school. Also in public schools, a principle of school has all power inside the school, even though public schools publicly consist under Department of Education. I am saying schools are not closely associated to Department of Education. (That is my word and it seemed be so on my observation.) In short, all the quality of education in the school depends on only one person who is a principle.
Here is a story of a public school that I actually saw. When I was there, the payment was delayed for all teachers in the public school where my host mother works (an English teacher at the public school). In addition, she has been working overtime for about 24 hours this year, but that overtime was not also transferred to her account. Those overtime pay must be paid monthly. So she talked to her principal, but the principal refused to pay. And when she talked to Department of Education, then they said they can not do anything about the issue of not paying overtime. They gave her another option which is to take days off for the hours of overtime, instead. She had no choices, and took days off.
The other thing was when I and she were having a class, I always saw some students are playing soccer or just having chat outside. I asked her, why they always do’t have a class?She said they have a class with another English class, but the another English teacher doesn’t do anything and just let them play. I was so shocked that is happening in public school. The another teacher is one of the principal’s favorite, so even if he goes home at any time, he will be allowed. Mother, of course, was against it, but the another teacher works longer than her and the principal’s favourite, so she could’t do anything. And sadly she wasn’t one of favourite, so the principle was always being so strict to her. Other teachers don’t care about the issue, no one wants to be the principle’s opponent. No one says anything. The students in that class seem to think that they are all lucky without classes all the time and be able to play all the time. It is so sad reality that their right to receive education are taken away by the teachers who are supposed to give education to children working under Department of Education. We finally got the opportunity to receive public education freely on lots of history and sacrifices, but the reality is sadly adults are taking away the right. To be honest and frankly, there are many such lazy teachers in public schools. They are on absolutely advantageous position as a civil servant, and they are unconsciously or selfishly depriving the right of education from children, everyday. Good-dam world.
One more thing that is in private school. I was so surprised that no one had textbook. Whether to bring an English dictionary further depends on the family because parents need to pay for it. So there were very few students bringing an own dictionary. Regarding textbooks  provided by private schools are distributed to each student, but as data. So the school ask each student to bring printed copies individually. Currently there were no students doing it. Printing isn’t cheap enough. Although textbooks are’t everything, but if there is no textbooks, the time loss is large, and it is difficult to penetrate knowledge equally to each students. Every time the teacher writes the content of the lesson on the whiteboard and the student take a note. That note is everything. The point is that if you do not bring or lose that note, there is nothing. I do not know if it is on purpose, but there are several students who do not bring notes in my class or they said they don’t have them. In short, there is no textbooks, no notes, no dictionary, no knowledge of English, they don’t have anything. The lessons under that situation was pretty tough than I imagined. Because it is almost impossible to let them think new words? It is not math or science. It’s language. They need guideline or at least basic knowledge. Otherwise how can I teach them something with my poor Spanish and under the circumstances that no one has guideline or some of them have no papers. This is not called teaching techniques. This is called a big challenge or severe issue of education. Other different subject as well, teacher’s mouth is all out there. But if you answerer to 10 questions for each student, 20 or 30 students, the lesson will be over. I could’t ask parents to buy an own dictionary. So there was always a conflict about that.
The substantive educational rights possessed by each teacher is enormously large. What students learn in compulsory education depends mostly on the teacher’s hands.

僕は以前から述べている通り、コロンビアのピタルという街で公立学校と私立学校の2つで英語を教えていた。
まずどちらにも共通しているのは、私立学校はもっともだが、公立学校も全て学校ないの実権は校長1人に委ねられているということ。要はその学校内の教育の質は全て校長次第。
公立学校の話。僕がいる時、1月分の給料振込みが遅延が遅延した。さらに、僕のホストマザー(公立学校の英語教師)は今年度24時間ほどの残業をしているがその残業代が振り込まれないとのこと。マザーが校長に話をするが校長は支払いを拒否した。そしてマザーが教育省に相談したところ残業代金については何もできないとのこと。その代わりその残業で働いた分の時間を休みを有給として休みを取ることは可能だと。マザーは止む無くその時間分を有給として使った。
その他、僕の目に留まったのは、僕とマザーが授業をしている時にいつも同じクラスだけずっと授業がないのか外で遊んでいる。マザーに聞くと、あのクラスの英語教師は授業をしないとの事。そんな事が公立学校で許されるのか?と問うと、その教師は校長のお気に入りだから好きな時に家に帰っても、授業をしなくても許されるのだと。マザーは勿論それについて反対だが、その先生の方が職歴が長くベテランだからマザーみたいに新任の教師には何もできないのだと。他の先生たちもそんな人の事なんて気にしないか、校長に目をつけられたくなくて誰も何も言わない。そのクラスの生徒たちは、自分たちだけいつも授業が無くラッキーだと思っているらしい。たくさんの歴史と犠牲の上にようやく与えられた教育を受ける権利を、教師という立場の者がそれを生徒に与える機会を奪うなんて、何とも悲しい現実だ。公立の学校にはそんな怠け者の教師が何人もいるのだという。彼らは公務員という絶対的有利な立場で、今日も   子供達の教育を受ける権利を無意識のまま、自己勝手に剥奪しているのだろう。
私立学校に関して言えば、生徒が誰1人教科書を持っていない事には驚いた。更に英語辞典を持ってくるかは家庭次第だから、辞書を持参している生徒はとても少なかった。教科書については、私立学校の定めるテキストはデータとして各生徒に配られてはいるが、個人個人でそれを印刷して持参する事になっているとの事。現状はそれを行っている生徒は1人もいなかった。テキストが全てというわけではないが、テキストが無いと時間のロスが多いのと、知識が生徒たちに平等に浸透しにくい。毎回毎回教師はホワイトボードに授業内容を書き、生徒はそれをノートに写す。そのノートが全て。要はそのノートを持参しなかったり、無くした場合は全てが無。わざとなのかはわからないが、僕の事業でノートを持ってこなかったり、持っていないとかいう生徒が何人もいた。要は、テキストも無い、ノートも無い、辞書も無い、英語の知識も無い、彼らは何も持っていない。その状況下での授業はかなり大変だった。課題を出しても彼らにわからない事を調べる術が無いのだから。教師の口が全て。でも生徒20、30人に1人ずつ1から10まで質問に答えてたらそれで授業が終わってしまう。辞書を買って持ってこいなんて言え無いから、そこについてはいつも葛藤だった。
どこの教育現場も似たような状況だと思うが、教師1人1人が持つ実質的教育権はものすごく大きい。生徒が義務教育の中で何を学ぶのかは、殆ど教師のさじ加減で決まるという事。

I never thought that I would someday stand at the platform in front of children. (I am thinking that early childhood educator is in different category)
To tell the truth, I was always thinking that I don’t want to be an elementary school, junior high school teacher in the future from I was around teenage. Because I thought that I don’t want to be a teacher for kids who are right in the midst of adolescence, because I’ve been seeing my teachers in the position of the students, how hard it is to handle 20, 30 kids, and some classes more than 40.
I was actually amazed myself that I received the offer to be an English teacher. In fact, I was imagining freely that I teach lower grades such as first grade or second grade, so I was surprised at the height of the age group of my class actually over there.
I am still not quite far away from the age of high school students (because I just graduated from high school a few years ago), so I could understand the students’ felling such as wanna skip classes somehow, just wanna play instead of studying, staring a girl that he likes. Sometimes when I see those kids, I remembered my high school memory.
Of course, the early childhood education I studied and the older age education are completely different, and to be a teacher without any  educational experience of those older ages, I straggled a lot and it made me thoughtful. There were countless things that I actually stood on the platform as a teacher.
Away from my classes, littles ones in kindergarten, first grade, second grade seemed to like me pretty much even I didn’t have their classes. After all, I realized that is my field to be in the young age group.
When I was in my teens, I never thought I will be an educator. But rather than being fascinated by the professional job as an educator, I am just fascinated by children, and I am still an educator.

自分がいつか、教壇に立って子供達に授業をするなんて夢にも思ってなかった。(保育士は教壇の上とは別だと僕は考えている。)
実を言うと、10代の頃から、自分は将来絶対に小学校、中学校の先生にはなりたくないと思っていた。自分が生徒という立場で先生を見てきて、自分が自分たちみたいな思春期真っ只中の生徒の先生にはなりたくないと思っていたから。20、30人、時には40人以上の思春期の生徒達をまとめるのがどれだけ大変か。
自分でも今回のオファーを受けた事にはビックリしている。実際は、もっと下の学年、1年生とか2年生を教えるのかと勝手に想像していたから、実際に向こうについて自分の持つクラスの年齢層の高さには驚いた。
自分はまだ高校生達の年齢から見ればそこまで離れているわけではなく(つい数年前に高校を卒業したばかりだから)、生徒達を見ていて彼らの暴れたい気持ちとか、授業をスキップしたい気持ちだとか、好きなクラスの女の子に片思いをしてボーっとしてしまう気持ちだとか、皆の気持ちがすごく理解できて、よく生徒達を見ては自分の学生時代を思い出していた。
勿論自分の勉強してきた幼児教育と、その歳の教育は全然異なって、その年齢層の教育経験は一切無い状態での教壇の上は、僕にとって色々と考させられる時間だった。教壇に立ってみてわかる事は数え切れ無いほどたくさんあった。
けれど教壇からは離れたところで、1度もクラスを持ってない幼稚園クラス、1年生、2年生にはかなり好かれ、やはり自分のフィールドはそっちの年齢層なんだなと実感。