After much ado, I have arrived!

Well, I finally made it to Sapporo after a Planes, Trains and Automobiles-esque adventure. We were supposed to take an over night train that left the 7th and got into Sapporo on the 8th, but because of the typhoon, our train was cancelled and we had to take the earliest shinkansen on the 8th. We got to Aomori in the early afternoon on the 8th and were told that because of this typhoon our train to Hakodate was cancelled until further notice. Luckily we were able to catch a train to Hakodate at around 3 pm. Once we got into Hakodate, they informed us that all trains for Sapporo had been cancelled (once again citing this typhoon as their reason) and that we were going to have to spend the night on the floor of the train station. Which we did. And they woke us up at 5, despite the fact that the convenient store and ticket office were not open. Then we get packed on this train like a bunch of sardines, with people standing in the aisles and sleeping crouched up against walls. This lasted 4 hours. But we made it. And we hate JR.

Last night we went out drinking with our teachers to celebrate my birthday. It was a little strange, but they think it’s really weird if you don’t drink. Austin told me he’d get me an ipod if I chugged a glass of whiskey. So I did and now I’m trying to make sure he keeps his promise.

I meet my host family Monday. For some reason they couldn’t come get me today. But luckily 3 other people are host family-less as well, so I have people to hang out with. When everyone else was meeting their families downstairs in the place we’re staying at, I started feeling a little like an unwanted orphan ::tear:: Well, I’m out of time right now, so I’ll save my funny story about the ofuro for tomorrow. For now, I want everyone to think of an answer to this question: How many girls does it take to figure out whether or not it is safe to enter an ofuro?

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