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... and rain. So far, the rain has held off. However, the train is overheated at probably 30C. Owen has asked for the temperature to be lowered so now it is a more pleasant 26c. We are all still stripped down to T-shirt level.
At Shintoku Station, I bought one of their local delicacies - frozen cheese cake with a thin layer of chocolate underneath and a thin pastry crust at the bottom. Robert is such a bad influence when it comes to food! I had a vanilla ...
... my future house.
We dropped of Hiroto back at the hostel and we headed back to Obihiro again. The weather looks threatening and Momo's mum called to warn us for the hurricane coming over Hokkaido. The wind was getting stronger and the fog was heavy but it wasn't to bad as we thought it would be. I was so tired after this lovely but intensive weekend that I slept almost right away. I slept like a log that night.
... who stay in the hostel. They are all Japanese except me. Most of them can speak a little English. I talked a bit with Takao a Japanese maths teacher. Japanese people are kind of preserved. They try to keep their life secret for you. So they will do if they didn't hear your question or they try to be very secret about it and talk around it.
And after a nice skype session with my parents it is already bed time. The beds are so soft!
What a magic day. In the morning we made fresh tracks through powder knee deep, which was magic. Later we did some off piste skiing through waist deep powder which was fun but tricky. Fell once, and couldn't get out of the snow to put the skis on! In the afternoon we did shorter runs through soft powder until the pain made us stop for the day Hot bath with beer to finish off the ...
... Simon and Amanda, and snowboarding for Sonia, and with their help we have all improved our skills considerably.
Meal times have been a social event in themselves with lively conversation being the order of the day. In the evenings we enjoyed the many different shows in the theatre, joining in to sing the crazy signs, and then meeting all our new friends later for drinks ...