I got sick of Spanish in college and switched to Japanese. After a year of that, I was kind of into it and I decided to do a summer homestay in Japan. (My second choice was Vietnam.) I spent 4 weeks in Kita-ku, Kobe (in the countryside) and 2 weeks in Nishinomiya (a suburb between Kobe and Osaka). In Kita-ku I stayed in this room,
with this view,
stretched along my futon under the mosquito net, drinking iced tea, listening to the cicadas and the giant old house.
I was 20, it felt just like this and it was perfect.