Halfway in Uda.
So, once again, a looong time before a new update.
I'm sorry about that.
But since the tour actually started I've been extremely busy. So what little I have of freetime usually goes to relaxing. (it's that simple)
Now though, I have personal day and hopefully a hour or two to write to everyone!
First of all, I should mention the participants. We're not that many, about 14 of them. All the participants from Uganda lost their VISAs, and two of our other participants had accidents.
(there might be a participant from Pakistan coming later on, but we're not sure yet)
But the 14 we have are really great. Their attitude is awesome, especially compared to the last tour. (a LOT of complaining on that one ^^; )
My partner, Jake, is also a great guy. It's been a little bit challenging getting used to working with him though. He has a degree in staging things (ish) and therefore takes charge out of nowhere at times, and usually blames me if there's something that doens't get communicated between us. It's a little bit troublesome, but I think he's more stressed than I am at times, so I don't see a need to make it any worse.
It'd probably be easier for the both of us if he focuses on the techincal part and let's me focus on the stage part. I do see his need to tell me how to make things better when he sees mistakes, but if he's stressed out about things he should save his energy. (I'm deliberately not telling him how to do the technical things better, simply because that's his responsibility and I'm already stressed about what I'm doing.)
Anyways, the show is being put together nicely, and he it's better with a guy that does too much than too little.
I don't remember what I mentioned in the last update, but Guang ended up in my host family in Suita. We've had a great time. We even went to a soccer match this time. I'm still not a huge fan of soccer, but Guang got the feel for it. I enjoyed it mostly because it was great seeing what they're passionate about. (and our team won 4 - 1 !)
We also played some Wii when we had time, and stuff like that. They're really nice to hang out with.
Aki beat Nao in Wii sports.
Here displaying a winning pose facing the curtains.
At the time I am in Uda. My host family from last year isn't hosting this year. I doubt it is because of me, but I'm kind of sad that I won't be seeing them again.
On the bright side of things though, my new host family completely rocks the block.
My fathers name is "Osamu" (which would be the Japanese pronunciation of "awesome".-he is also an awesome guy, no doubt)
My hostmother is really nice and speaks English. I have a hostgrandmother, three hostsisters, five kats and four dogs here. I've learned the names of all human residents, but the animals will have to wait. (I know the most energetic ones though)
"Orafu". (-or "Olav"?) relaxing on the floor. That's one big super-happy dog if I ever saw one.
Half the family when we had dinner^^
These guys are so great. They haven't judged me for my strange interesets (it's easy to get the "crazy anime geek" stamp with my interests, even though (atleast I think) my personality is different), and as I'm like the 10th host kid they have they're not too stressed about things.
We simply enjoy eachothers company.
We've been doing similar things to what I did here last year, concerning the program. I'm city runner this time, and I'm actually enjoying it. Last time I had it the first week, which just made me more stressed out. (combined with getting the show put together it's a lot of work)
This week I only have one day of really hard work (the show day), so city running is no trouble.
The weather has been brilliant, and the hike was as beautiful this year as ever. I'm so glad, because that was probably one of the best memories I have from last year.
Kaho to the left, taking a picture of Erik who's carrying the team-flag.
Even though I have no faces, I like this picture a lot.
Today we had personal day, and I finally got to watch Dragonball: evolution. It's an American adaption of the worlds best selling comic, ofcourse from Japan.
It amazes me how the director manages to completely abuse the license, and twist things into not making any sense what so ever. The bad guy, Piccolo, whom I was looking forward to seeing because he's a fun actor had about 8 lines in the whole movie. (and went from wanting to destory the world to wanting to rule it for no apparent reason)
Also, they used the "kame-ha-me" to revive someone. (it's an attack. They use it to -fight-, not to revive)
All they had to do to make this good was to follow the original script as best the could. I don't believe they did that, seeing the result of this movie, and also because this director also ruined the Hulk when he made that one.
They had a cliffhanger though, so let's pray they get a proper director for that one and make it.
It was good fun to see anyhow.
Afterwards the thought was to have dinner with Ben (who had my job when I was a participant), but it got too complicated. I can't stand it when plans keep changing. I had one, but apparently there were about 4 different people going in different directions as opposed to just going for the original plan. When it comes to "what do you want to do" every fifth minute, and they keep trying to change it to their way anyway I'd rather spend my time elsewhere. So now I'm about to go out with my host family for dinner, and Karaoke afterwards.
I cannot wait!
Tomorrow will also be fun, looks like we're going to a ninja temple. That should be good too ^^
Oh, and I almost forgot!
I had Kobe beef last week. It's supposed to be one of the best beefs in the world. (supposively, they massage the cows and stuff)
It was truly awesome, so I get the fuzz around it. Wasn't as expensive as everyone would have it though.
(3000 yen (roughly 210kr) for 150 grams plus vegetables, rice and miso soup.)
The steak was prepared in front of us ^^
Three more days in this city in other words, and then for a three day break more or less. It should be nice. After that though, new participants arrive and I'm busy again. The next week, half the group will leave, and we will recieve just about the same amount of new participants.
So hopefully it'll only be half the job to get the group ready this time.
So things are generally still good, but I am aiming at living in Norway next year. This is fun, but the exhaustion I feel the few days every time I need to prepare for the event is simply more than what I'm comfortable with. I know Hiro wants me back though, so I guess I can't confirm anything just yet.
Anyways, this was a very small resyme of my life the past few weeks. It feels like forever since I've updated, because so much has happened.
This life is truly intense.
So, I'll update again as soon as I have time and internet!
Hope all is well at home. I'll be back in about 6 weeks. It'll be very sad to leave, but I am looking forward to my very own freetime in my own house more and more now.