We all met at the Seijo station at 8 on Sunday to go to Toda-kouen, where the Regatta race was held. On the train, we were standing right by the conductor's booth and could see outside his windshield. I was bouncing on my feet, scrunched up and looking out, pretending I was a Donkey Kong character.
It was pretty cold outside, even with 3 shirts and a jacket on.
This was on one of the buildings near the lake. I thought it looked like the Super Smash Bros. logo.
"MELEE"Here's the team brackets:
WE. ARE. almost. READY.
This is an epic photo of us being taught how to get in the boat.
Every heat had 3 teams racing at once. We ended up getting 2nd place in our first heat. We had a few problems along the way. The scariest one was when Evan's seat came off the wheel track and then his oar got stuck, being dragged in the water. Apparently, from the audience, it looked like the boat was going to tip and he was going to fall out. >___< My oar got stuck in the water once too, and it felt like you were going to tip over, which is terrifying enough. It must have been really scary for Evan with his seat issue on top of that.
But anyways, we had to win the next one in order to qualify for the finals. Our next race wasn't until about two hours later, so we were given lunch.
After lunch, they were holding a rowing machine contest to see who could row the farthest.
We mingled for a bit more after.
Sabrina, Asato, and Yuka =^.^=
We didn't. Evan's oar got stuck again, twice. Haha, that was okay though. XD
It was pretty darn awesome to be able to try rowing. ^____^
Some people were selling hot soup and they gave all of the exchange students free bowls. I said it was the perfect thing to have after competing in the cold. Then, Tom and Evan kept on coming up with better things to have, like a blanket, a house, a house with a heater, etc. Thanks, guys. XD
Don't worry, the day was filled with Titanic references along with a few renditions of "My Heart Will Go On."
Here's Team Titanic accepting 3rd prize:
Here is the second attempt:
Here's a few more pictures from the day:
Me and Yuka!
After the event, we all went to a Chinese restaurant to eat. It was nomihodai, which means all-you-can-drink. I ordered 2 glasses of water like a BAMF.
They kept bringing out plates and plates of food for us to share. The glass table in the middle could spin around, which I found fascinating and kept on spinning.
This wasn't even the beginning of it. There were about 8 more dishes after this.
And then Evan's cat ears:
After about two hours of talking and eating, we headed home.
Sometimes you have to take your shoes off in restaurants too. Here's some our group's pile:
Sunday was probably one of the best days I've ever had here. I loved how happy and free-spirited everyone was.
I came home to find that my Mum's care package had arrived that I missed, which was awesome because I could go pick it up the next day without worrying about missing it again.
I asked Lauren and she'd be available to chat while I opened it the next day and she said that Beth and Shawn could join us too!
Jeremy and his baby also surprised me:
MoMo even sent me a St. Nick's present! It was wrapped and I thought it was a box of See's Candies at first. It ended up being way better candy than that:
After opening the package, I had another class and track practice. I also was going to help Yuuki again after meeting with him at lunch and finish up trying to explain the difference between "dead" and "died" in English to him. There were more sentences, but man, it's hard to teach English.
This time I doodled a bit on his paper...
WUT. lol, oh gosh.
Yesterday after class, Evan and I went to the gym to go swimming. Evan's been swimming for 18 years and it's been 6 months since he's last swam, which is the longest break he's had from the sport. Apparently, he hadn't taken a break at all in those 18 years. w00f.
It's awesome to see people in their element. He's a crazy swimmer. He even taught me how to improve my front crawl stroke and even how to do a spin in the water, which terrified me at first. I feel like I got better already, so I'm really grateful that he helped me. It was a great workout and I'm think it should be a weekly thing from now on. We even had the entire pool to ourselves. Craziness!
Grant came over later on in the day and we made "grilled" peanut butter, jelly, and banana sammies. They were divine.
Today, I'm going to Training class and then to Sagami-ko for an illumination show, which I think is like the light show in Wisconsin where there are a bunch of houses decorated insanely in Christmas lights.
Peace out, homeslices.