Having Rachel here for the last week has been lots of fun. Luckily, Ethan was off this past week, so he was able to show Rachel around a bit, and have some aunt/ nephew time. However, Ethan was not too enthused whenever I wanted to take Rachel shopping!
On Friday, Rachel had her first okonomiyaki. I knew she would like it - I mean, what's not to love? It's a savory pancake full of yummy goodness! On Saturday, we walked around Hokkaido University, hoping to see some of the leaves changing, which I had heard were beautiful there. We were a bit disappointed when there was like ONE tree that was a beautiful yellow. Ah well, it was still nice.
Today, we went to Otaru with some friends. I was a little wary at first, because the weather was absolutely horrible - windy and rainy and the kind of day where you just don't want to leave the house. But I was so glad we ended up going, because Rachel was able to eat kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi, and then we took a glass-bead making class. Otaru is known for it's glass objects, and it was fun for everyone, I think. Unfortunately, we were able to walk around since it was nasty outside, so I didn't get to show her the ocean, or the canals. Oh well, maybe next time.
Having Rachel here with us has felt so natural - like she's been here all along. I've taken her to some of my favorite shops, and restaurants. We laugh and tell stories back at the apartment. When she's here, I feel more like my complete self, if that makes any sense. I have lots more fun stuff planned for us this week, like WAKABA on Sunday! I have a feeling she's going to love it!