There are many interesting things to see close by my apartment.
I see many friendly and interesting people and they seem to notice me more than I probably know.
My students will frequently tell me they saw me walking, wearing sunglasses. I have to laugh when they tell me that because I always wear sunglasses, not just the time they saw me.
My neighbor usually walks in the morning and I pass him on my way to work. He always has a big smile and greeting for me.
Last week I saw an elderly woman I hadn't seen in awhile. She said Yo Katta and pointed to my arm. I waved it around and said Ima ii desu. I guess I hadn't seen her since my arm was in a cast.
I think people look out for me, too. One morning I walked a different route to work to go to the convenience store to buy a drink. A woman I often see out with her dog tried to point to my usual street. Maybe she thought I was lost. I pointed to the Lawson's and she smiled and said Wakarimashita.
When I go to the hospital in the mornings, I pass by a school bus stop and see a man with his son. After awhile, he asked me where I come from and we talk a bit each time I see him. He is from Peru and has been here 20 years, married to a Japanese woman and working for a car repair place.