Yesterday (Friday) was the last day of classes for the current group of students and since I didn't have to work in reception I told them I'd come to the graduation "ceremony" and BBQ with them. I'd had a crummy night (I had to change rooms in the hostel and didn't get much sleep in the new location), but my afternoon with them was so much fun. They're such a great group and I definitely enjoyed hanging out with them, even when they chatter away in Japanese and I have no idea what they're saying. Hideko and Yukiho caused most of our mirth. There is probably about 50 years difference in their ages, but they have become good friends and are always making us laugh with their banter and Yukiho's crazy antics. She and Hideko would be bantering back and forth in Japanese and then Yukiho would bust out laughing and then proclaim in English, "Generation Gap."
Hideko decided to bring some additional food to the BBQ (corn, eggplant, zucchini, and Mango wine) so we had more than enough to go around and couldn't even finish it all.
I was pleasantly surprised when I checked my emails to find some correspondences from friends (Ruthann) and family (Aunt Gayle) far and wide, and I got a surprise card from my dearest cousin Heather too! God always knows when to send a well timed pick-me-up. Volleyball last night was a lot of fun as well. A bunch of us (Scott, Cindy & her boyfriend, Louie, Light and his wife, Pukari, and I) made plans to go to a beginners ballroom dance class on Sunday night, so that will be interesting. Pukari did ballroom dance for about 16 years (competitions and all) so he asked if I wanted to learn. I figured if the guy has to lead and he knows what he's doing, how bad could it be? We were supposed to go last week, but it didn't work out. Hopefully it will be even more fun now that we've got a whole group to go with us. Louie ended up walking most of the way home with me which was a welcome change to my usual solitary walks. You don't always get a chance to talk while playing, so it was good to have a chance to chat. He's here on a student visa and is/was studying Agriculture and Horticulture. His sister is a permanent resident (she'd been at the courts earlier to watch for a bit), but we had to part ways before I could find out too much more. He's Korean, so I've added him to my growing list of Korean friends. It's still not as long as my Japanese list, but there's still time :)