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Field Trip to Tomakomai   

Hey everyone! How was your summer? Personally, I'm super happy that the fall weather is finally here. I'm sick of sweating all the time! Of course, it was hotter in New York, but everything is air conditioned there. Here, if feels like I'm always walking from one hot room to the next. Anyway...

Last weekend, I decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and go skateboarding with my friends. I'm not a very good skateboarder. I've been snowboarding for years, but the area I grew up in didn't have any concrete so I never learned to skateboard.

My friend was actually supposed to teach me last year, but he never did so a few months ago I decided to give it a shot anyway. The rainy weather kept me inside for awhile, but other than that I've been practicing every day! It's just as fun as snowboarding (but a little scarier)!

Back to my weekend. My friend and I drove down to Tomakomai and met another friend. Three dudes, skateboards, and a boring town. Lol. Why Tomakomai? Well, my one friend lives there, and he told us there is really good skate park that nobody ever goes to near his house. In Sapporo, everything is busy on Sunday, so we decided to take the trip and check it out.

Of course, as luck would have it, they were hosting some kind of event at the park when we arrived. So we drove around until we found an empty parking lot and skated there for awhile. The concrete was actually pretty smooth--way better than in front of my share house, which is where I usually practice.

We skated there for a few hours and then decided to get some food. My buddy, Shoma, and I are both big fans of ramen and soup curry (we almost always get one or the other every time we see each other). We went to this place called Yamato and I had really good miso ramen (my favorite).

After a big meal of ramen, Gyoza, and rice, I figured everyone would want to go home, but instead we decided to see if the skate park had emptied out. Luckily, it had, so we boarded for another few hours before making the long trek back to Sapporo. It was a pretty awesome day, but after 7 hours or so of skateboarding, I'm pretty sore. I guess I need to practice more often.
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by chitchatcafe | 2016-09-13 15:09 | 英会話 プライベート レッスン | Comments(0)

Relax, don't do that   

Hello everyone. Recently, I celebrated my 33rd birthday. Since I was 30, I had spent my birthday in a different country as I searched to find a place I could call home. It felt right to celebrate my 33rd in a relaxed way because I feel I have finally found a place I’m happy to call home.

Now, there’s no other way to feel relaxed than to spend time away from a busy city in a place of more natural surroundings with everything available with minimal effort required. This was easily achieved in Jozankei at a beautiful hotel with excellent hospitality and facilities. One overnight stay would be all that was needed to unwind and feel completely relaxed.

After a bit of teaching in the city on Saturday, I returned to my apartment to prepare for a trip that was all planned by my wife. Minimal packing and freshening up was done before leaving for the bus stop in front of the TV tower. After a short trip of only about 40 minutes, we had arrived at

After being welcomed and briefed, we were shown to our western style room. Everything was decorated in a way that evoked a state of relaxation. But the big surprise was the ensuite Hinoki! The warmth and smell of the wood, which I believe is Cypress, was immediately soothing. Chisa and I scouted the room before deciding the next step was to explore the onsens. After a relaxing time bathing, we met at public relaxation space where there was a decking outside. I was the first to arrive after my bath and simply sat outside, cooling off amongst the trees gently swaying in the light breeze. I felt my mind clearing away and my desire to live in a more natural surrounding grow.

Chisa soon joined me and we had a complimentary drink served to us as we sat calmly gazing out. We then returned to our room to change and take a walk around outside, where we stumbled across the Jozankei illumination walkway.

After our leisurely walk amongst the Avatar type landscape, we returned to freshen up for dinner. We ate in the Japanese style restaurant located in the hotel. We enjoyed four succulent courses of selected soba, meat, fish and vegetables presented in various styles that left us satisfied. We were given a ticket that entitled us to one free cocktail at the bar, so we left the restaurant, entered the quiet bar, ordered our drinks and relaxed. Then, after our very tasty drinks and to my surprise, the waiter returned to deliver a platter of dessert with a birthday message inscribed. The waiter spoke good English and he even knew my hometown in England! He had a nice chat with us, to the neglect of other customers, which was quite funny.

Feeling tired we soon fell asleep, especially after a side trip to the massage chairs on the way back to our room.

On the next day, we had a buffet breakfast, which is always a pleasure to be a part of. Then we checked out and visited the Shiraito no taki waterfall, where water comes back from the Jozankei power plant, the oldest hydroelectric power plant operated in Hokkaido! There’s a fun fact for you!

We also stopped by a local soba shop and ate a nice and cheap 500 yen serving of soba, before returning to the hotel, grabbing some omiyage and hopping on the bus back to the city.

Overall, it was a perfect way to spend a birthday and a reminder of the importance of relaxation in life.

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by chitchatcafe | 2016-09-11 15:08 | 札幌 英会話 サークル | Comments(0)