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Old friends or Happy Reunion   

Five years ago, I went to China and stayed there for 11 months. I always recall that time with a smile and happiness. My stay in China has given to me great life experience, lots of exciting memories, and the most precious friends. However, Time is running fast, and some of your old friends became distant, but some of them still keep in touch and become more close to you.

In China, it happened that most of my friends were Japanese :-D For me, it was the very first time to meet with such a wonderful people from such a mysterious country (maybe not that mysterious any more?). Still do not know why, but it was so easy to find a common language with the Japanese students (despite of our terrible Chinese :-D) and we had so much fun, creating the Japanese-Central Asian community. It might be not only because of our very similar appearance (“very Japanese” face of Kazakh people) but also owing to some kind of connection between our cultures (so different though)…

…and 2 years later, I had great news! MEXT Scholarship to go to that mysterious country (!), which meant for me - “Reunion with my old friends”. So, after coming to Japan, I met with many of them (Shizuoka, Tochigi, Kyoto, Osaka, Shiga) and some of them visited our lovely Dekkaido :p The most recent meeting was just last week. My dearest Yuki-chan and Maki-chan came again to visit me! It was such a beautiful and delicious(!) meeting, hehe.. Have you ever been to Tomamu, the Unkai Terrace? Fantastic! Absolutely amazing place! We were lucky to have a good weather and could enjoy the incredible view of “Sea of Clouds”. After Unkai, we went to Furano and Biei. Furano melon was sweet and very juicy, Jingizkan in Biei was delicious and quite cheap, Kaisen-don…STOP! As usually happens to me 食べ物のことばかり…

PS: Reunion Mission Not Accomplished…looking forward to our next meeting! Cheers!

Assel (Kazakhstan)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-09-29 14:15 | 札幌 英会話 サークル | Comments(0)

Boat People   

Have you ever heard of the "Boat People”?

The term came into common use during the 1970’s and refers to the refugees in Indochina who left their country in mass in old and crudely made boats. The trigger for the mass flight was the end of the Vietnamese War on April 30th 1975 when the communistic North-Vietnam won the war.

Afraid of oppression and poverty the refugees decided to leave the country on old and mostly overcrowded boats (150 to 600 people per boat) to seek asylum in Malaysia. Some of them, like my family and acquaintances of mine were lucky and were picked up by a German, a French or an American ship and got the opportunity to start a new life in one of those countries, however many refugees died at sea (estimation: 250.000 to 500.000 people). At the end of the 1980’s the wave of refugees slowly died down, since finding asylum became more difficult. During that time many families were split because they could only afford to send one or a few members of the family on the boats.

Today the term boat people also refers to refugees from North-Africa, Cuba and Haiti and Indonesia etc. who try to sail over to Europe, the US and Australia.

If you got interested please check it out on the internet.

Hien (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-09-20 16:04 | マンツーマン 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)

I love Hokkaido   

Greetings to the Chit Chat Community. It has been a lovely three weeks getting to know many of the regulars who have been so kind to me and have made me feel welcome at the cafe. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the cafe soon and hope that I can be helpful to you in achieving your highest goals. I have also really enjoyed the monthly parties and hope to see you all on the 24th of this month!

Please feel free to talk about any subject with me as I am very open to discussion and am interested in a great variety of topics. Also, feel free to tell me to be quiet. :) This month has been great for me. I climbed Asahidake in August and had a few great experiences volunteering at small farms around Sapporo. As I travel around Hokkaido and experience the beauty that summer has to offer here, I am reminded of how lucky I am to be in this part of the world. I haven't seen all of Hokkaido yet, but I am hoping to see more before the snow makes it more difficult for me to travel outside of Sapporo. If you have any suggestions for me as a newcomer to the area, please let me know. I look forward to our next coversation.

Much thanks,
Brett (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-09-09 13:44 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌 | Comments(0)