営業時間 10:00〜22:00／定休日 日・月・祝日
Short Home Stay No.2
Short Home Stay 第２回の報告です♪
We arrived at the station bright and early to greet our host family, buy our tickets and board the train to Iwakuni. It was very hot but we were all super excited for the adventure we were about to begin. On the train we got our English names and said “Hello” to our fellow adventurers. After that we practised some English phrases like “How do you say this?” And (most importantly) “Help me!” We all chanted together in happy unison. As the train sped through the countryside we tried to identify the blurry images: house, car, boat, bridge! We had lots of fun. At Iwakuni we quickly switched trains and were on our way to Miyajima.
We got off the train at Miyajimaguchi and went in search for our lunch. Okonomiyaki, yummy! We sat down, said “Let’s eat!” and dived into the giant scramble of noodles, cabbage, meat and pancake. After successfully demolishing our food we wiped our grubby fingers clean and opened our handbooks. We practised our interview questions one by one until we knew them off by heart.
With our stomachs full and our English knowledge fresh we boarded our next mode of transport – the ferry. On the ferry we could see the shrine and the gate, “Look!” we cried, and many people gathered to take pictures of Miyajima. The journey was short but sweet and we got off the ferry to bright sunshine and many dears. The dears were friendly but enjoyed eating our name tags and handbooks. We took a big family picture in front of the shrine and then we were ready to dazzle tourists with our incredible interviewing skills. We met a family from Switzerland, they were on holiday, they said that Tokyo was their favourite place in Japan and that they preferred ramen to sushi. It was really exciting meeting new people!
After we waved goodbye to our new friends we ventured on to the aquarium. This was the highlight of the day! We saw otters, penguins, crabs, sharks and the majorities favourite: the finless porpoises! We oooood and awwwwd at the many colourful, cute and strange sea creatures we encountered. We then bought souvenirs from the aquarium shop, I bought a toy walrus and some cookies!
Exhausted from our adventuring we decided to head back to the ferry port. The sky looked grey but we decided to brave the weather… two minutes later it rained… a lot! There was thunder and lightning, but we weren’t scared! We marched on smiling all the way!
Tired and a little wet we got on the ferry at last, we waved goodbye to Miyajima and jumped on the next train to Hiroshima (after a brief toilet stop of course). It was dinner time! Buffet here we come! We bounded off the train with anticipation, what worldly culinary wonders would we be able to enjoy tonight? We got on the elevator and went up to the tenth floor! After we sat down we learnt about table manners and how to use a knife and fork. Finally we grabbed our plates and piled them high with delicious food! The highlight was the chocolate fountain, we dipped marshmallows, waffles and bananas into the runny melted chocolate.
Once we were full we jumped on the street car to our hotel, checked into our rooms, showered and crashed into our beds! It was such a busy day but we had so much fun!