Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tongues and tails - oh, my!

Sendai is famous for gyuutan, or as it is known in English, cow tongue. 

We went to a restaurant to eat cow tongue for dinner. We all got set dinners. 
This is the Healthy Set - it had less tongue and a small salad. All the sets came with this:
It is tail soup. 

Everything was delicious, though! If you are ever in Sendai, I recommend eating cow tongue. 

Hello from Sapporo


We arrived in Sapporo late this evening after a 5+ hour bus ride. 

The bus didn't leave until 4:40, so I took the day as a holiday and enjoyed Wakkanai. The weather in Wakkanai was stunningly beautiful. It was warm! The sun shone! The wind was gentle!

So, I had a picnic in the yard. 

I also went to the gym
So excited to fly out in the morning!

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

August 28, 2013

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Look at that sky! Aaaaaaaaaaugh! I absolutely love the summer sky here. These pix were from the train, I believe. In the second one, my hand makes a special appearance.

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By popular demand

So, I’m making sure that my phone has plenty of space for my upcoming trip. By request, here’s a random schlop of pix!

Summer 2012

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Showa Day

Happy Showa no hi! It’s also a good friend’s birthday. Three of us met at a local coffee shop this morning to celebrate. We got the shop’s morning set:

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Boiled eggs and giant toast!

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We all wandered around town for a while after eating our giant toast and drinking coffee. Eventually, we all went our separate ways.

The day was absolutely lovely, and I had quite a bit of energy. So, I decided to go for a walk. IMG_1783

I wandered up into the hills behind Wakkanai, and made my way to the park.IMG_1789

I kept on going, and headed up, up, up to the 100 year memorial tower. The winds were so strong! Hiking up a hill into strong winds is not easy!

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Wind face!

I eventually made my way to the top and found this nice little spot for sitting.

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I sat there for as long as I could, just enjoying the exquisite view of the sea.IMG_1791

After a while, I moved to sit behind a hill. There was a teeny bit more shelter from the wind there, and I sat and read for a while. Eventually, my hands were frozen, so I made my way back down, down, down.

On the way, I saw ferries heading out to the islands.

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I also saw a whole bunch of deer grazing.

It was a beautiful day to be outside!

Monday, April 28, 2014

April in Wakkanai

It's lunchtime at the BOE, and I'm just chillaxing at my desk (does anyone say that anymore?). 

Spring in Wakkanai is kind of a transitional period. We've just finished a glorious winter, and we know that a brilliantly lush summer is just around the corner. 


There is a strange beauty in this time, if you look for it. It's easy to want this period to hurry by - after all, it's too late for skiing and too early for park golf. 


However, there is something about this time that feels like a holy pause. 


There's a catch of breath as we move from one season to the next. 


I almost imagine a whisper. "Just wait. We've come from something amazing. And we are getting ready to go into something better than you can imagine."


"But just for now, wait.

Enjoy the anticipation as everything is reset, and get ready to be blown away. 

But now, wait and enjoy the stillness."