OK, so this time I let Liz organize the trip to Hokkaido
. The party consisted of me, Liz and her boyfriend Adam. We took a ferryboat from Akita
to Tomakodai (12 hours) and happened to find Scott and his girlfriend on the same boat! The ferry was cool and the journey was smooth, but we had a huge problem: we stayed in a 12 people room with a nice group of japanese that included another student from Akita but one old man in the group snored all night long. And I don't mean just a regular snore, I mean SNORE! No one in that room was able to sleep a wink. I grew desperate and just left the room spending my time roaming around in the boat. We got to Tomakodai around 4am, took a bus to the station, waited about an hour for the train and finally headed for Sapporo
The first day we just decided to explore the festival grounds and then go for lunch. We all wanted to try the Hokkaido specialty: crab (it is difficult to get bear meat these days, not to mention EXPENSIVE!). THe restaurant was in this nice old Sapporo Beer Brewery converted into an arts and crafts atelier with some nice shops and eating places. We decided to get a Lamb meat Tabehodai (all you can eat for 60 minutes), plus the crab and some sushi. May I say that was one fine meal, we almost cried of joy given how much better food tastes in Hokkaido than Akita. After lunch we explored the crafts and souvenirs shops and then parted ways with Scott and his girlfriend cause Liz had mistakenly booked us a ryokan someplace far off Sapporo called Ebeosu. And that was really FAR from Sapporo, somewhere in the middle of this snowy wasteland on the way to Asahikawa! But the place was so nice, with ZERO tourists except us that I was really glad Liz made a mistake!