Published: July 4th 2010July 4th 2010
I'm slowly getting a tan
30 / 06 - 2010
I really didn't do much today, though I did write some emails, read some in my book, and wrote on my blog. at 15.00 I heard a knock on my door, and saw the owner. He told me that Yumi wouldn't be coming to pick me up, and that she didn't have time to go get Yoko and her American friend (Michelle), who where to arrive at 16.40. I decided to go by myself, and arrived at the airport 16.30. after meeting them, we took a taxi and went to Hotel art box where Michelle is living until tomorrow (the 3rd). We drove into town and placed Yoko sensei's stuff in our room(we share room). Then we went to a Izakaya to drink a couple of beers and and ate some delicious food! :) looove Izakaya! We took an early night, and sent Michelle home in a taxi, and afterward I showed Yoko the town, and some of the funny things I had seen. We got some ice cream and went home to bed.
01 / 07 - 2010
We woke up around half past 10, and went for a walk around town, to show
Yoko on the right and Michelle on the left - out on a Izakaya for lunch.. yum yum!
the places I had been to, and what I had done. We went to a hotel, where they served cheap buffet, for 860 yen. Nice! After eating, we walked around a bit, going to the main tourist shopping street and went back to the hotel. It was simple too hot to be outside. Around 7 o'clock Michelle came by our place and together we went to a cool izakaya called Uzagiya(meaning “Rabit shop”). This is by far, the best place I've visited. They had traditional Ishigaki music, where we had to sing along. They asked all the customers where they where from, and made us interact in the show. Quite a outburst when we told them we were from Denmark.!.!. we had to shout Kampai once and a while, as well as OISHIIISAA! * note shiisaa are very popular sculpture of to dragon/lions on ishigaki, one with the mouth closed(female) and one with the mouth open(male) while oishii means delicious. We also had to try to play a 3-stringed snakeskin guitar, it was quite fun! Apparently a local “drunk” fisherman found it funny to teach me how to play some sort of musical instrument, and kept talking to me, even
what we had to eat
though I tried to explain to him, that I didn't understand a thing. He spoke Ishigaki dialect, so my teacher couldn't understand him either. After consuming several beers and a ton of delicious food, Yoko-sensei, Michelle and I went to a karaoke-bar. I paid 1000yen, with that, I got all the sake I could drink for two hours, as well as the chance of showing of my vocal skills. It was really fun, and it's definitely not last time. Yoko-sensei was really good! You can definitely tell she is Japanese by how well she sings! After several beers and a somewhat soar throat we went back to our hotel/hostel. Unfortunately I forgot my camera that day, but I have some of Michelle's pictures.
02 / 07 - 2010
woke up around 10 o'clock. Ever since Yoko came, I've been getting up earlier and earlier. Though I've enjoy more of the day, but such a hassle to get up that early. Takuma had come to ishigaki-jima on business for the hotel. We met an hour for breakfast, where I got American styled breakfast with toast! Haha funny! Had to eat egg and bacon with chopsticks! Takuma then drove us to
the post-office where we withdrew some cash and went back to the hotel to rent some bicycles. Currently no bicycles where available at the hotel, so we had to go to another place where it was 3 times as expensive. We rented a bicycle for 1000 yen for the day (same as a beer at a snack bar). We drove out to Michelle and took here with us to the beach where we where for 4½ hours, just chilling and licking some sun. I actually managed not to get sunburned! I also used F50, so I almost didn't get any tan that day. We went by a restaurant called Otoya where I ate for 1000yen! I was so hungry.
We said goodbye to Michelle and left toward our hotel. I just got out of the shower and I'm now planning on going out, so until then! Henrik.
* I went out and got S**TFACE. Got home around 5.15 after watching the matches.
03 / 07 - 2010
Yoko woke me up quarter to 10 o'clock saying we needed to check out of our room today. What? Was that today? F**K! “due to shortage of rooms when we booked, we
Tullip is a major import article, they use it in various dishes, very creative.
couldn't get the same room for 1 month” I got, my head still spinning, a bit hangovered and in lack off sleep, and packed all my stuff, which were lying all over the floor. I took a shower and tried my utmost to look like a decent
human being for planet Earth. I hope I succeeded. Yoko and I, went out to meet Michelle who where moving to the place where she is to live during the next couple of months. We took a taxi, and found out it was actually just around the corner from where we are staying. She is living with a old couple, who owns a house where they rent most of the rooms to Gaijins. The room was okay, though there is no air condition, glad I'm not staying there! She can use all the facilities in the house, but there is no internet. We walked around town and showed here the meat/fish market, and also got ourselves a traditional Ishigaki ice cream! * Note forgot to take pictures, but don't worry I'll visit the place again! Afterward *
Michelle need to do some buying, and around 1 o'clock we had lunch. After lunch
pineapples where you can peal the skin off.
I left the girls, to do their own stuff, and I went to A&M (like burger-king) where I sat in the cool air conditioned air and studied some Japanese. I went back to the Hostel, just across the street, around 6 and took a shower. Later Yumi and here family came to meet us, and with a new Japanese/Swiss friend Yoko had made at the hostel(Tamaki), the 7 of us went out to eat. It was a really entertaining night, where Yumi and Michelle met for the first time. They had some difficulties communicating, but with Yoko, and mine help as well as sign language, they managed. After several hours at the Izakaya, Yoko, Tamaki(The new member of our crew) and I went out to a little sports bar, and saw the football match. I came home to a super hot room with lots of mosquitoes! BAAH! Worst night every on Ishigaki, so far at least!. Hardly slept, and I really needed some, since I was to go diving the following day.
That's all for now! Next time I'll write about my trip into the deep ocean, where I swam with manta! Though I wont be able to write
until the 9th, since I'm on Iriomote! Therefore to mom: I am alive, but I'm out of reach! Sorry! * also I will upload pictures, as soon as possible! sorry, but there so much to do, hardly have time writing this blog thingy! nighty night!
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