Though it is hard to eat healthy then travelling, specially when you travel with others. But at least I have been keeping up with my walking goal for each day.
It does add to the good feeling of making ones goal that part of these steps I took with 13kg additional weight to make the workout harder :)
So Christmas is finally here. We celebrated on the 21st and it was strange to finish so early and see all the Christmas excitement on facebook these last days :)
After we finished our Christmas tradition from home we all took a little nap, then got up right before it got dark and drove to Hiroshima city to see the Christmas lights. It was so beautiful and we all enjoyed it alot, but the youngest of course the most.
Now we are in Navoya, we are here to cheer on Wakunaga. Tomorrow will be their first game and we look forward to go see them play.
We have done alot here but I wont tell you all about that now, just the Christmas stuff. later I will write a post about our travels, to Kochi, Nagoya, Hiroshima city and Nagasaki.
Today is Christmas day in Japan, like everywhere else in the world except in Iceland :) Here in Japan they dont really celebrate Christmas like us but they decorate alot, and they have very good tradition of Christmas cake, you can buy a whole cake or slices. Margret and I bought one of each that we liked the most. The food floor in Takishimaya (not sure on the spelling) was crazy, everybody wanted kurisumasu keiki. We loved it.
Since we will be on the road again over Christmas we are celebrating tomorrow. There is not practical to buy a tree when we wont be here at all over the holidays to enjoy it. So Margret and I decorated our courtains with stuff we made and got at the 100 yen shop :)
It is hard to find traditional icelandic Christmas food here in Japan. But I have found everything I need to make the minimum dishes we want. I have made icecream like mamma, waldorf salat, bought some ham, got everything to glacevpotatos and make sauce ... I think I got everything.
On the road again. On our way to Kochi to watch Wakunaga play tomorrow. It doesn't look very far on a map but it is quit a trip. Specially when the route you had planned gets closed for reasons you don't understand. When we had driven to the shore we had to go across seven small islands. They were so beautiful and I am already planning to take our summer holiday there. Then when we came to the island Kochi is on, which I can never remember the name of, things started to get tricky. When I was on the highway doing about 120 km/h suddenly the police came up behind us with full light and sound and yells over the microphone and everything. We all thought they were stopping me for speeding, and I was thinking "but I am going the same speed as everyone else!" But them they stopped right in front of us and signaled us to turn of the highway. GREAT. What now. But a great gentleman at the toll gate helped us. We went through the most boring place in Japan and after about 10 KM we went to the highway again and straight away we saw a sign for Kochi highway, hurrah. NO, there was a man there standing in the middle of the road with about hundred of blinking cones, No entry on to Kochi highway. We went on and let MAPS in the iPhone recalculate and found route 32 through the narrowest mountain pass ever, with snow coming in heavy. But finally we made it to the beach city of Kochi, with palm trees along the roads and everything on the way was suddenly worth it :)
In true Icelandic fashion we checked in, got rid of our bags and got out to the shopping street in record time :) Then we contacted Siffi to see if he wanted to join us for dinner :)
Now it is time for bed. Tomorrow we will do some exploring in the morning and then watch the game at 1. I think we have a good day ahead of us :)
Have you already guessed what is my favourite japanese food?
There is something about this simple cooking that I love. Maybe its the secret sauces of each place, or the fact there is not much vegetable ;) the bbc flavor aslo helps I think.
We went for a dinner with an old acquaintance of my in-laws. He played handball with the japanese national team in the worldcup in Iceland 1995. My mother in law was their translator back then. He workes for the same company Siffi does.
Very good night and tomorrow we go to Kochi
Long walks are best. Dress well. Good music. Great route. Love it.
I used the guests as babysitters and went on a hour walk.
I walked further than I have before and went along the river abut, until I canme to a deadend and had to get permission to cross the garden of a toothless old lady that didn't understand me :)
These flowers seem to like the frost okay. This makes me think of ads in the spring in Iceland. "Our plants get tough upbringing and can withstand anything. " Then what about these!
Let it snow, let it snow.
Yesterday there was no snow and heavy rain but this morning we woke to this
I keep trying to walk every day. With the luck we have been having it does not always work out. But today we went for a little walk in the snow and it was so good.
News of my goal:
I am 21 kg away from my goal. It happens slowly be still at least it is in the right direction.
Last year, or was it two years ago, I made this flagline to decorate for Christmas.
Since then I have had this idea for a craft project I call Mrs. Santa's washingline or in icelandic Þvottasnura Grylu.
Now I have finally started and hopefully I will finish today :)
In other Christmas news here in Akitakata: our living room has been decorated :)
Meanwhile I saw and decorate my little elf is coloring and dancing, and of course she helps me out :)
It is so nice to have guests and show off the neighbourhood. Today Siffis uncle came again and we all went for lunch and this time Siffi joined us. We went to a restaurant close by and the food was so good and we had such a good time. Now his uncle has gone to Hiroshima for work but we will see him again in the beginning of January.
In other news it gets colder every day and this morning there was a little snow where the sun hadnt melted it yet :)
One of Japans misterys is the flower seasons. Few weeks ago all gardeningshops (and there are alot around here) started to sell flower we know from Iceland as summer flowers but they seens to like the frost here :)