Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Thanksgiving.

I’m not going to write too much about the trip I took to Hiroshima. The night bus was certainly an experience, but it was cheap and it got us there so I can’t be upset about it. I’m surprised that we actually fit in most of the stuff we wanted to do. The only thing that we missed out on was the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. We went to Miyajima first and then back to the city, so by the time we got to the museum it had closed for the day. We did get to see the Genabaku-dome at least. I didn’t take any pictures of the dome itself for my own reasons, and Peter did the same. Sadly I didn’t take too many of the actual city either. It is really built and up and actually reminds me a bit of Chicago for some reason. Other than extreme fatigue and getting lost more than a few times, I think we both had a good time. I’m especially glad we went to Miyajima because it was by far the most beautiful place I’ve seen since I’ve been here.

This past Tuesday was Labor Thanksgiving Day so we had the day off classes. My suitemates and I constructed a Thanksgiving meal. It turned out really well! I took up the job of making dessert, so I made a cake. Having none of my recipes and no mixer I just went with a box cake. We have no oven and our microwave doesn’t have a bake setting so I made the sponge of the cake in the rice cooker. I was super worried that it wouldn’t work, but it was a success!

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Winding down?

I can’t speak for everyone, but lately I think we all are feeling the fact that we only have about 5 weeks left. I’ve been so bad about blogging. Between being busy, and not really knowing what to say I generally forgot about doing it for a while. I think most of the other people here that blog have fell into the same rut. There are so many things I haven’t blogged about that definitely deserve a spot.

Time has gone by very fast here. But in reality four months really isn’t that long of a time anyway. I still feel that I haven’t done even half of the things I wanted to do before getting here. In the next few weeks I’m going to try to rectify that a bit. The next three weekends are filled with things that I need to do. Hiroshima this weekend, home visit next weekend, then finally Tokyo. After that, studying for finals and all the semester end projects are due so for at least a week and a half to two weeks I’ll be stuck doing that. After finals are over, I have at least five or six free days before I leave on the 22nd. I’m not really sure what I’ll be doing then. If Tokyo doesn’t pan out the first weekend of December, then I’ll more than likely head there during those last days. Ideally, I’d love go back and stay with Wakana and her family again. Maybe head to an Onsen nearby with my roommates. I feel like I spent too much time here thinking about what I want to do instead of doing it. So even though it’s going to be pretty hectic, I’m just going to shove it all into the next month!