Before I tell you about my adventurous long weekend, I just want to say that the weather has been absolutely gorgeous and lovely for the past 2 weeks or so. It's amazing what warmer weather and sunshine can do to one's mood! =)
Anyways, as I mentioned, this weekend was a long weekend because Sunday was National Foundation Day (which meant we got Monday off). On Saturday, Meg, Zara, and I took an hour and a half long bike ride around Omura. Meg and I were literally on both sides of Omura that day. We had a nice time and the weather was quite enjoyable. Here are some pictures from our bike ride (I love riding along the water...so peaceful):
That night, Meg and I started watching The Sound of Music and then Zara and Ana wanted to get Korean food for dinner. Mmmm, I must say that Korean food is really good! And the restaurant that we go to has these really cute chili-lights. See:
On Sunday, the four of us girls (Meg, Ana, and Zara,and me) took Stella (Ana's car) to Unzen for a day of relaxation in the natural hot springs (onsen). On the way there, we stopped for some special foods. First, the donut of potato: JAGA-CHAN! There's even a jingle that goes along with it, and Zara knows it. Haha. It's basically a chunk of potato, fried up like a donut, minus the sugar. mmmm. Oshikatta!
Next, for lunch (as the jaga-chan was just for wetting our appetite), we stopped at a restaurant that specializes in rokube (udon-like noodles made out of sweet potatoes -- because they have to do something with all the potatoes they have since it's the only thing that will grow in such a volcanic area!). Let me tell you, it was really delicious! Yatta! Here's Ms. Ana and me with our teishoku (set meal):
Finally, after driving through mountains and curvy roads, we arrived in Unzen. First, we explored what is called "jigoku" (or "hell"). It is called this because of all the steam that the hot springs generate. It makes sense just based on how it looks, but it makes even more sense if you throw in the smell. The whole town smells of sulfur (or, as I said, "a mixture of fireworks, smoke bombs, and rotten eggs"). Luckily for you, I do not have smell-o-vision, but you can at least see what it looks like. Once you walk through it, though, you get used to the smell. To add to the humor, they actually steam eggs and sell them there. As if you didn't have a mouthful of egg anyway, haha.
After we walked through "hell" (which, by the way, was really cool), we went to a suggested hotel's onsen and had a nice bath. The water was really warm and very soft. As always, my skin felt great afterwords.
Tonight I am looking forward to baking banana chocolate chip cookies with Meg and then going to an enkai (party) with the Yosakoi dance group that I am in. And, wouldn't you know it, tomorrow is already Wednesday. What a great week this is turning out to be!!
Oh, and two weeks from Saturday I will be in Okinawa -- I'm so excited!! =)