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Goodbye!   

Hello everyone!
I guess it’s not a secret anymore that I am pregnant and soon will deliver my little baby. That’s why I will take a babybreak from March which means I will be leaving the Chit Chat Café at the end of February. I stayed with the café for exactly one year and had a great time with you guys! I hope you had fun too!

For the birth I will be going to Hiroshima prefecture in April and will stay with my mother in law for a few months. In July hopefully I will be back to Sapporo to enjoy the short but mild and wonderful Hoakkaido summer. That time I will drop in with my baby to say hello to everyone! Hope to see you then!

Hien (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-28 14:12 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

I'm gonna miss you guys   

Well I've only been at chit chat for a few months but I have to say that out of all the jobs I have working this one has been my favorite. I have loved meeting all of you and talking to all of you at the cafe. I will be leaving on about March 9th (depending on if I ever get a ticket). I did find a decent job teaching English in Japan so I will be back in few months just not sure of how many months or where I will be placed. I picked Sapporo as my first choice but not 100% sure if I will get placed here. If I do end up in Sapporo I will OF COURSE be back at chit chat.

Hope to see you all at the party this Sunday!!!

Teren (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-25 14:37 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

Maslenitsa   

Hi, everyone! How have you been recently? As for me, I’mwaiting for the grades and it makes me little nervous since I’m very impatientperson. =)

It’s still cold in Hokkaido and in Russia, but Russians arealready welcoming spring by celebrating Sun Festival calls Maslenitsa. I’m notsure you’ve ever heard about it, so let me explain what Maslenitsa actually is.=))

Maslenitsa is a Russian folk holiday usually celebratedduring the last week before Great Lent (this year from 20th to 26thof February). For seven days people are saying ‘goodbye’ to the winter andwelcoming the spring. Traditional food is blinyi (pancakes), popularly taken tosymbolize the sun. Since Maslenitsa is a traditionally family holiday, thewhole family can enjoy pancakes for seven days. In fact, my mom used to cookpancakes for breakfast and lunch during Maslenitsa and by the end of the weekyou would literally hate any kind of pancakes. =)

One of the most interesting attraction for kids is abrightly dressed straw effigy of Lady Maslenitsa (or Kostroma), the symbol ofthe winter, which at the culmination of the celebration (Sunday’s evening) isstripped of her finery and put to the flames of bonfire.

For me, making pancakes is always a big trouble, because mypancakes have any other shape, but circle. It more looks like Sponge Bob. =) Ifsomebody knows how to make beautifully shaped pancakes, please share yoursecret with me during we will chat in CCC. =)

See you soon in CCC.

Ana (Russia)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-24 15:25 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

I'm back!   

Hi chitchatters!

Do not remember when I wrote my blog last time :-D
Things have been extremely busy the last two months. And…the day before yesterday was my M.A. thesis defense. Valuable Recommendations, Critique and the Survivor (who had the only thought: “if only I could rewrite it…”).

Well, there are so many things still have to be done this month, but I have got a good inspiration! In March I am having Reunion meeting (同窓会 in Tokyo?) with my old old old friends! I have not met some of them since 2007. And I am planning to go to Tochigi, Saitama and Tokyo ^^ So excited! Especially I am looking forward to meeting with Rinachan, an eight-month-old baby girl (of a Kazakh-Japanese couple). I will teach her some Kazakh (~.^)v it must be too early though, haha.

And the latest news… the thing I am most excited about is that I am going back to my country in April!!!
Well, let’s talk about our further plans at the café :D

Assel (Kz)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-04 16:43 | 札幌 英会話 国際

Italian Holidays   

Last time, I wrote about how excited I was about going back to Italy for the Christmas Holidays.
And now that I'm back, I can say : IT WAS SIMPLY AWESOME!

From the very moment I landed in Milan, I remembered some things that 9 months in Japan had me forget, for example : Physical Contact.
I had forgotten how much physical contact is important and common in italy : in the first 4 hours I was back, I think I hugged and kissed something like 30 people. In my family especially, but in all Italian's culture too, is via physical contact the we express affection and love to the other person.

And since in Japan, holding hands, hugging or kissing is not exactly common, I got used to deal with not having any of those affection displays and discovering it again was a great surprise once back home.
Another thing I had forgotten was… How damn good, delicious and splendid is coffee in italy!

Italian Christmas kept up to the expectations : 25 people, sitting around a big table with all kind of food and wine, eating, drinking and talking for 5 hours.
Yes, that's how we do it in Italy!
We were all at my sister's house, and all my aunts and uncles and their families were there!
For New Year's Eve I went to Venice, the city where I studied and lived for almost 4 years, to meet all of my university friends!
Great, GREAT times there, I spent 4 days in that beautiful lagoon and with a little luck, I could meet almost all of my dearest friends.

And then, on the 10th of January, I came back here in the beautifully frozen Sapporo!
I needed 20 days to probably get used again to life in Sapporo but now I think I found again my routine.
Perfect timing I'd say, February is kicking in with all the winter events such as Yuki Matsuri and Toyota Big Air Jump Show!

See you all in Chit Chat Cafè!

Nico (Italy)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-01 14:35 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌