It’s finally over! I have survived Hell week (parts 1 and 2) and have now finished my first term at Akita International University! Although it’s been a hellish last few weeks, the last classes have also been good’uns.
There was Japanese class:
Manga mania (and no, I’m not one of them – before you ask):
Bible Study Christmas Party:
This is the wonderful food that Bonnie cooked for us:
(And my Mince Pies)
And then? Then THIS happened….
It started off slowly, just a couple of centimetres….and then it just didn’t stop. I woke up to a thunderstorm last Friday and opened my curtains to the sight of this:
It was at this point, I could justify packing my gaiters 🙂 (until they cleared all the paths and I looked a little foolish). Surprisingly, nobody panicked. There were a few wonderstruck people who’d never seen so much snow before, there were a lot of Japanese women who still decided it would be a good idea to wear heels (seriously?), but there was no one freaking out about how it might stop trains or flights….if there was even half this amount in the UK (well….England), there would be mass hysteria! It was a welcome break….and this is only the beginning! After about a week, it’s starting to melt away, but it’ll be back.
What has annoyed me a little is that, while they’ve been very efficient in clearing the roads, none of the adjoining paths have been cleared….This lead to a little adventure on Monday that possibly wasn’t the best of ideas…
I decided it would be a good day to walk to Wada (about 50 mins normally) to see if I could get some good pictures of the mountains….I didn’t bet on over half way not being cleared, so I had to push through up to a foot of snow! It was a good leg workout, but the number of “stupid gaijin” looks I got from people driving past was priceless!
On another day I went out to get some pictures of the mountains and got some stunning results!
Well, that’s it for now, I’ll have a few Christmas posts in the next few days 🙂
Until then, またね！