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Yakuba-free Vacation

Yakuba-free Vacation - Days 5, 6, & 7

The final few days of vacation! What better way to spend them than doing a little traveling?
I took a train down to Samani to visit a friend who lives in Erimo and to do some sightseeing there. The train ride is kind of long at about an hour and a half, but it's a fairly scenic ride through mountains, villages, and tunnels. I also met Zoe, a fellow Hidaka ALT, on the train. I'm glad I had a conversation partner for the long ride!

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Yakuba-free Vacation - Day 4

I had a lot of fun today. About a week ago, I had asked Junichi, a cashier who works at 7-11, if he wanted to do something together the next weekend.
I had drinks or dinner or some other form of socialization in mind, but instead we made a little road trip to Tomakomai! Tomakomai is the largest city in these parts before you get to Sapporo. It's got lots of tall buildings and shopping centers and all sorts of fun stuff! Read more »

Yakuba-free Vacation - Days 2 & 3

Why can't everything be vacation? I'm having a great time this week!

Yesterday I took the advice of one of the teachers, and decided to go to the observation deck in the hills above Niikappu.
And what a hill! It's 225 feet (68.5 meters) above downtown Niikappu. It isn't a gradual hill either- it's way too steep to ride my bike up. I walked up it with my bike. It's the same hill that has the barbecue house that I went to my first week here.

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Yakuba-free Vacation - Day 1

I'm so glad I'm able to get out of the yakuba (town office) and take some vacation!

I took some time to collect myself, relax, and do some sightseeing in Shizunai. I went there by bike, went down a random street, and it just went on from there!

View from the random road I took. It's a very steep hill.

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