As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. With the holidays, however, this month's will be moved up a week. This month, we are pleased to have Ms. Rani Alliband, who will be speaking on the subject, How Would You Like to Live in the Desert? 2 Years in the Australian Outback.
Rani was born in Sydney, but fascinated by Japan, she came in high school and then university student exchanges. After studying Japanese language, tour guiding seemed to be a good career move after university. Little did she realize that she was going to be posted to one of Australia's most spectacular natural wonders, Ayers Rock, which just happens to be in the middle of a desert!
From heat, flies, crazy sunburnt tourists to dust storms, dunes of wildflowers and local aboriginal culture, she has seen it all. Come and hear about her desert experiences and see the album of photos of the place that changed her life.
The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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