bye bye Andy
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Emma : We got back from our trip to Hokkaido a couple of days ago. While it's good to be home, the sad reality that Andy is going home in a few days is now clear as day.
Our first 4 days in Hokkaido were spent at the ski resort Niseko. Neither of us had skiied for several years, so we were very excited, and a bit apprehensive! We stayed in the Yamada Onsen Hotel - a Japanese-style inn with a hot spring and dinner and breakfast included. The hotel was very practical and not exactly luxurious, but perfectly situated at the foot of the slopes. It had easy access to the chair lift and gondola. We could literally ski out the door and back in.
Niseko is famous for being over-run with Australians, and it is true you can purchase Vegemite and Tim-tams in the convenience stores.
We skiied pretty much between 9 and 4 every day. Unfortunately, however, I made no progress on my dreadful skiing technique and was still tumbling down the mountains on day 4, but it was great fun anyway. It snowed heavily from day 3 onward so the snow was super-soft on day 4, but on a down-side it was horrible weather by then and we had to call it a day at about 3pm.
After 4 days of skiing we made our way to Obihiro, where my friend Hisako lives. She boarded as an English-language student for one year at my family's house in Brisbane about 12 years ago and we have been friends since.
Andy: Our skiing trip was well worth it with great conditions and soft powder snow. We had been to the gym many times prior to leaving Tokyo and my thighs were trim, taut and terrific looking - and thankfully my knees only gave me minor twinges while skiing. I have still not lost any of the magic and could be seen carving my way down the mountain - mostly 'easy runs' I have to admit. Emma organised the trip with a local travel agent and so our hotel was very Japanese - they didn't even have western tea! The food was very tasty mind you and was served in a buffet style where you could help yourself.
On our final day the weather turned bad and at the top of the mountain we lost eachother in the poor visibility. I skiied down and chair lifted back up again to look for Emma and began to worry as the wind started to huff and howl and the snow began to sting as it fell in large flakes. Arriving at the top again the weather had worsened and I was more than a little concerned and struggled to find my way down again without seeing anything of Emma anywhere. I arrived, frozen, at our meeting spot and realised that most people were leaving the mountain and snowmobiles were out and sirens were wailing. I hoped she wasn't injured and stuck in a hole somewhere.
Our next 4 days were in a place called Obihiro and we were well lokked after by Emma's friend Hisako. She took us everywhere ! We went to visit some igloos that were made on a frozen lake. I did some ice carving which you can see in some of the photos attached. It was such a great holiday to end a fabulous experience. I have only a couple of days left in Tokyo and will soon go home leaving Emma on her own for another few weeks.
Thanks Japan for a great experience - and sayonara until next time!