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You Never Can Tell

A number of us were invited to a party last night by one of our local volunteers. After a walking a couple of blocks we arrived at what is claimed to be the only Italian restaurant in the area. Somehow I was still served miso soup with offal but that’s another story!

After many toasts and top-ups of sake the sushi master to my left decided he had work we could do and a mini-assessment ensued. Later, when the restaurant’s chef and owner discovered that one of our group had worked in an Italian restaurant in the US he invited him to come cook with him – a pretty special opportunity considering that since the tsunami he has closed his restaurant and is cooking for hundreds of evacuees in shelters around Ofunato.

It can be hard to find and secure sites for us to work on here. People are ashamed of asking for help and can be suspicious of foreigners. Then you go to a party, have a few beers and the work starts pouring in!


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


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