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ブレンダ先生の長崎紀行(初めての雪の巻)

2016/02/08

さて、今年の冬は観測史上記録を出した大雪の年となりましたが、幸運にもブレンダ先生はその目撃者の一人となりました。今回のエッセー(少し長めです)にはいろんな覚えたい単語がいっぱいあります。是非楽しみながら読んでくださいね。

 

Snow Diary

              Time really flies that I could barely notice three months has already passed and couldn’t even have time to write.

Winter has come and my longing to finally see, smell, and touch the snow has just begun. But before that, I was a bit disheartened when they said that it may snow but very little and it would be a little late since the weather has been strange. Nevertheless, I was still hoping that it would snow much so I could build a snowman. It may sound childish but I just want to share for I have never done it so the feeling was just like of that kid who can’t wait to go to an amusement park the next day.

At last, had my first snowfall experience that Monday night. Yeah, it was really small and sparse even so, I was thrilled and fancied for more. The next morning, on my way to school it did snow again and it was much more. The snow flurries were just like a white see-through curtain being blown by the wind.

The most awaited heavy snow shower has arrived. Waking up early that Sunday morning was amazingly astonishing seeing the beautiful thick, white snow blanketing my balcony, the stairs, and the neighbors’ rooftops. It was a fantastic sight! I was so excited that I rushed to my classmates’ room and cajoled them to go out and play. So, we put on our warmest winter clothes and set forth. Since I don’t have a pair of warm gloves that day and I don’t know for some reasons why I haven’t bought one before. So, I dashed off to Daiso to get one and slipped on the way hurting my back so bad. What’s worse was that it was closed when I got there. How unlucky that was. But then, that didn’t stop me to go out and enjoy the snow. Good thing, I was able to find these white tiny gloves I used last Christmas. At least it’ll warm a bit rather than going out bare hands.

Buses were out of service that time so we just hit the road on foot. While walking I just love the soft, crunchy sound when you step on the snow. I felt like I’m stepping on a milk powder. Even thought of making shaved ice cream out it because the texture was so fine. On our way, we were throwing snowballs to each other like children. We even saw snowmen in front of the houses along the road. Then we agreed of making one of ours when we get back home. That was a moment of going back in time re-living our childhood in a different planet.

We finally reached Hamano-Machi after almost an hour walk. Strolled at the arcade for a few minutes then headed on to Coco-Walk. We thought of walking there but lucky there was a tram, got on one then realized afterwards that it was the wrong one. It was a tram bound for Hotarujaya. That was a bit unfortunate but it was just fine. We had a good laugh though after that.

We exhausted ourselves malling for a few hours and recharged with an early dinner, filled our stomachs really full because we needed to hike back home from Hamano-Machi. It was really freezing cold that evening when we got out from the mall. Most of trams were packed so; we had to stand in line for about 30 minutes just to get on. Well, some of our classmates were brave enough to walk back home from Coco-Walk to Atago.

All of us got back home safely and ended the day building three snowmen. Let’s just say a “snow family.”J

Waking up the following day, I could see the lovely soft white snow turning into ice and the temperature was terribly piercing cold. The pathways were slippery. We were still lucky though because we didn’t have to snowplow.

These snow days for sure would be some of the best days of my stay here in Nagasaki.

 

 

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