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Spring time fun times   

Hi everyone,

Hope this finds you all well.
Life continues as always. I’ve been on spring vacation for the last month or so. I haven’t been doing anything overly special with my time.
I went on a short snowboarding trip at the end of March. It was a good time. We rented a camper car and traveled around a little bit. Snowboarding, onsen, and sampling some food from around the area, it was a good experience. A couple of friends came up from Osaka to see the sights and the slopes Hokkaido has to offer, so it was good to see them and show them around.

Right now I’m sitting in my hotel room in Ina city in Nagano prefecture. I’m here for a business trip. The sakura trees are in full bloom and they are all over the place. It’s a really beautiful area. I’d like to come back here when I have some more free time for myself. Maybe next year.

I’m looking forward to Sapporo’s hanami, always a great time for some beers and BBQs.
Hope your all excited about it as well. Until next time everybody, have fun!!

Pat (Australia)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-04-16 08:52 | 英会話 スクール 札幌 | Comments(0)

With Love from France   

With a distance of over 9000 km, a time difference of 7 hours and an 18 hour-flight, France is not next door. Even though, my dad never fails to send me his love through countless parcels. Ah! Parcels from France! They would feel like the holy-graal if only they were packed with care and carefully handled from Paris to Sapporo... I’ve explained my dad at least a hundred times that a parcel that travels 9000 km for 18 hours needs to be packed with a couple of layers of bubble wrap and the content properly wedged. ‘ Properly packed and wedged’ probably means something different for French people ‘ chucked and packed’ , or is it just my dad?
Brocken snow globes, punched oil sardine tins, cracked wine bottles… it seems that French Love always start with a good cleaning!
'French love or French style’ beats me! In any case it’s always nice to get some french treats! Thanks Dad!

Claire (France)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-04-14 17:09 | 英会話 教師 札幌 | Comments(0)

How I found out that the whole world is a big opener   

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Ever since I was old enough to drink beer I’ve been hearing from my best friend the only true „you can open your bottled beer with almost everything“. During my first open-air music festivals I have slightly moved from the opener to edges of the bench and doorjamb enjoying great music and great beer. Everything went pretty easy and there was only one step toward mastering the art of beer opening. But that was it, my journey was over, I failed. I wasn’t able to open the bottle with only the lighter, key or stick. Luckily everything has changed with my first bottle of Czech beer (Pilsner Urquel) in Japan (yes, you read it right Czech beer in Japan). The journey was long maybe too long, but I did it! I had to go to Hakodate to gain such a skill but it was worth it.

And now let’s move on to the trip to Hakodate. We have decided to go for the trip to Hakodate by car. It was my first driving in Japan and very first driving on the left site of the road. But it turned out that driving on the left site is not such a big problem unlike to the speed limits on Japanese routes. I know safety first, but come on 60 km/h and just 100 km/h on highways? So the way to Hakodate was long and boring thanks to the speed limits and traffic lights everywhere. To kill the boredom we stopped for lunch at Lake Utonai Park which is actually very nice place. When we finally arrived to Hakodate it was 8:40 PM and we wanted to take ropeway to the top of the Hakodate mountain unfortunately it closed at 9:00 PM and we were one minute late. I’m sure you can imagine our frustration. So we have decided to just walk to the highest point we could reach to have a good view. That idea changed our unsuccessful trip to successful, we found great accommodation (Pension Country Born) with a great view on the night Hakodate, I found Czech beer, we watched city light while we were eating our dinner and watched sunrise over the sea from our balcony. We went to the Hakodate morning market and had lunch in Lucky Pierot Burger, we saw monkeys bathing in onsen in Hakodate Botanical Garden and we stopped in Onuma Quasi-National Park with a great view on Mt. Komagatake. The weather was great for whole time. Now I can say that the trip was awesome, just next time I’ll go by train or bus. I hope I’ll have more trips like this one.

David (Czech Republic)
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by chitchatcafe | 2015-04-01 14:24 | カフェ 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)