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The longest winter   

I don’t know about you, but this winter seems to have been an incredibly long one. Finally the dreams I had of melting snow have become a reality. The only problem is that as soon as we have said goodbye to one layer of snow, another two seem to take its place, but hopefully that’s it until next winter.

The most annoying thing is that friends living further south in places like Tokyo are posting beautiful photos of cherry blossoms in full bloom on Facebook and I’m sitting looking at them wrapped up in a blanket. Never mind. Perhaps they are equally as jealous of the beautiful snowy scenery that we take for granted in Hokkaido.

Although it all looks beautiful, I’m more than glad that spring is here (and I hope I haven’t spoken too soon). One of the things that I am looking forward to the most is being able to finally use my bicycle again. Before long I will be wiping the dust that has gathered on the saddle, lifting my right leg over the frame and pedaling to Chit Chat Cafe (which takes a lot less time than the walk in winter).

I’m looking forward to cycling out into the countryside again, too. I recommend the cycle path along Toyohira River if you are in Sapporo. It doesn’t take much cycling before you are surrounded by nothing but nature. I love it! I’m also interested in bird-watching and there are some interesting birds that you can see along the river. (By the way, bird-watching is my secret hobby. Don’t tell anyone else, because I don’t want people to think that I’m a geek…).

It has been a year since I have quit smoking and my cycle rides should be even more fun this year as I hopefully won’t be puffing and panting as much as I used to. It was hard, but well worth it. There is another man who often comes to Chit Chat who quit smoking several months ago. I was surprised and happy that he had decided to quit too and I know how difficult it must have been for him. Keep it up and well done! You know who you are.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy start to spring!

James (UK)

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by chitchatcafe | 2013-03-29 20:14 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

Spring has sprung!!!   

Within the last day or so it seems spring has come! The snow is starting to melt and the roads are becoming clear again. Maybe in a few more weeks we can start to see some flowers.
A few weeks ago I got to see a old time friend on mine (and many of yours) Alex Bishop. He was back from Tokyo for the weekend to visit. It was really good to see him again. The end of this month is the 4 year anniversary party of CCC so I think we should all try to make it the best party yet!!!

See you all soon,
Teren (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2013-03-06 15:26 | 英会話 教師 札幌