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Literature   

This time I would like to share with you my impression about one novel I recently read. It is the famous J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. I guess most of you heard about this book or even have read it in Japanese translation. What I would like to recommend you, is to try it in English.

Chandler’s language may not be easy, but the plot is rather simple, so I am sure one won’t get lost in the text. And most of all, the simple story about a ‘rebellious’ teenager Holden Caulfield, will catch you. I found it to be sincere and touching!
Hope you will agree with me.

Ivona

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-05-27 13:14 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Rafting in Niseko   

Hello again everyone!

Today I'm going to write a little about my experience rafting in Niseko. I was invited to this by a friend, and I was a little unsure at first because it sou
nded expensive. Then I found out that the price was only 5400 yen - not so bad at all!

Getting up was the hardest part. We left at 6am, picked everyone up from their respective apartments, then headed out to Niseko. We arrived at NAC (Niseko Adventure Centre) at 9.00, and by 9.30 we were getting kitted out for our rafting. Now the water is very cold (when I went it was 4 degrees celcius) so everyone who goes has to wear a dry suit. It was my first time wearing one of these, and they're not easy to get on! Once you finally have it on and zipped up, you have to crouch down and let the air out. When you seal the suit back up and stand up again, it feels just like you've been shrink-wrapped! After that we got life jackets, helmets and paddles. We left the centre and got on the bus to go to the river. On the bus it felt a bit like an army going to war - everyone was wearing the same thing and had the same equipment, and we were all a little nervous!

The river was really high. They have a scale from one to five of how full the river is, and it was a 5. In April and May the snow melts and flows into the river, which makes the water level really high. If anyone else is thinking of going, you shouldn't wait too long! On the bus the instructors were telling us about the safety precautions, and that it wouldn't be strange if a boat got flipped upside-down because of the high water level. So, here's a little pop quiz: what did the instructors say was the most important thing to do if you fell out of the boat?

And the answer is...

Enjoy it!

(That and face down the river and hold your legs up.) Well, we all got a laugh out of that one, but in the end no-one fell in and we didn't have to worry about the safety instructions. There were a few people who jumped in, though. The actual rapids were really fun, especially the "Niseko Splash Mountain" where we went down the side of a dam. It was just the right difficulty for beginners; we were never in any real danger but there was plenty of fun. Having said that, there were definitely a couple of waves that could have made me fall off the boat if I hadn't been paying attention!

The second hardest part was taking the dry suit off again afterwards.

I heartily recommend this to anyone who is thinking of trying rafting. You won't regret it. My feet got really wet and cold, though, even though I was wearing socks. So if you do go, don't wear socks when you're in your dry suit. Or maybe, wear waterproof socks...

There's still plenty of time to go before May is over. Enjoy it ;)

Jack

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-05-08 15:24 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌