In the end the few days became more than a week, because my last week was incredibly busy. I decided to move, and there was all kinds of excitement with that. I decided on a flat, though it’s still not 100%, and it will make my next month busy and expensive orz There’s no way around it, so yeah. Anyway, today I finally finish off July, and hopefully I can also post August soon. Anyway, let’s return to summer for now…
My Monday wasn’t interesting at all, just the usual school-slavery, and I was busy enough with studying and working that nothing interesting happened to me. On Tuesday I saw the small green birds playing in the trees at the campus. I wanted to take a photo, but they were just too fast, too small and too green – impossible to find them in the trees ^^;
I didn’t have food at home, so I eat out for lunch, and I was craving falafel for a change. Falafel and eggplant paste, so I went to Falafel Garden of course, and it was delicious. In the afternoon I had my class at Seika. After that I dropped by the Takaragaike Book Off after a long while – somehow I rarely visit it anymore, some genres traded places on the shelves since then too. I found some books I wanted, but they looked quite shabby already, so I decided to check out the store every other week at least, so I wouldn’t miss the new books while they still look okay. On the way home I saw some gorgeous colors and clouds in the sky, and it was the best ending for this long day.
Although I had my free day, I had to stay at home to learn and do my job. Regardless I had to go to the supermarket and cook lunch. I tried to make dahl for the first time in my life based on a recipe from my parents. It was very tasty, but the sauce wasn’t enough, so I decided to upgrade it a bit tomorrow. Since there was a discount on them, I decided to taste a few traditional anko sweets. I liked most of them, though I’m not really a fan of mochi. Nothing else interesting, maybe only a very loud cicada in the evening. I’m lucky, because despite being full in the summer already, at home I can only head the cicadas faintly in the background – which helps a lot to keep my sanity despite the heat. But tonight it seems one of them thought it could find a mate here and was rasping eagerly while I thought I would go mad any second. But fortunately after a while it realized there’s nothing but concrete here, so it flew away and it was peaceful once again.
My Thursday and Friday weren’t interesting at all, in the end I just tried doing what I had to and spent the afternoons in the Japanese classes. I had to do so, because I was planning to go to the shopping district on Saturday, so that means one whole day without any working and studying.
Actually there was one disturbance in the regular flow of my days: it turned out that the Monbukagakusho students had to make a speech at the end of the course, as a final exam so to speak. I remember having read about something like that in the beginning, but nobody mentioned a word about it since then, and I took a class about speeches anyway, so I thought that was it. It turned out our speeches are special, and we have to make it on the day of the closing ceremony on July 30. Of course we were shocked, because we had enough to do already, but what can you do. An on Friday there was the first meeting about this with as teacher responsible for our group. The only thing that made this whole ordeal a bit better was, that due to the speech class we all had to prepare a speech anyway, and we were allowed to re-use it at the final day – with a few adjustments of course, since one was supposed to have ppt, the other wasn’t. So after this we started preparing for both occasions.
Today I was supposed to meet another Hungarian living is Kyoto. Before I left my country I received his contact information in case something happened, but fortunately everything went smoothly so far. Now we agreed to meet in town to at least see eachother once if we live in the same town XD; But the meeting was in the afternoon, so I had other things to do before that. In the morning I went to the supermarket, and when I wanted to get some plums at the other grocery shop I discovered some huge, delicious-looking water melon slices. Of course I had to get one, but it hardly fit into my fridge XD
I left home after lunch and did some manga shopping after arriving to the Sanjo Book Off. It has been a long time since I visited this store, but I didn’t have much time, so I just grabbed a few books on both floors I just couldn’t leave there and left. My next destination was the Manga Museum, because I wanted to buy the ballet manga book. They had other interesting books and special retro manga as well, but all of them are so expensive, I’m not sure I will get any.
After the shopping I was rushing to the meeting point which wasn’t that great in the heat and crowd. We looked for a place to sit down and drank a coffee while talking about all kinds of things – in Hungarian. It’s an unusual but great feeling to be able to speak your mother tongue while living in a foreign country ^^ Later we left the store and were just walking around the area, even in streets I didn’t notice before, and then we crossed the river to walk around the north part of Gion – it was nice~ In the evening we went our separate ways, and I returned to manga shopping: I raided Lashinbang and then the OPA Book Off. It was still hot in the evening, so I ate some ice cream waffles. Actually I wanted taiyaki, but they didn’t understand what I was saying, but it turned out all well ^^ I arrived home quite late and you can imagine just how tired I was.
The morning was spent with cooking – it was high time to eat some tomato-eggplant sauce with rice again~ But the culinary pleasures continued in the afternoon as well, since I bought a corn which I cooked and ate from the water melon too. Both tasted great~~~