ステップアップ-STEP UP・イギリス人講師 Kim キム
Hi, my name is Kim. I'm from Lincoln in England. I studied Economics and Math at Manchester University and graduated in 2004. I moved to Japan for a new adventure. I love Sapporo because there is always something to do. In winter I can snowboard and in summer I can wakeboard, Sapporo has the perfect climate! When I'm not doing sports I like to study Japanese and Japanese cooking, However I don't seem to be getting any better at either of them! So if you have any tips, let me know.
Jane Austen`s "Emma", a book for valentines
Hello everyone. As February is the month of love and St valentines, I thought I`d write about romance. The subject of valentines differs from country to country. In Japan, as far as I can tell, valentines is a time to appreciate the people in your life. This is similar to England, however we only show appreciation to loved ones and to usually only one special person. I guess in the UK it is a day so show someone how important they are to you. I like the Japanese way of showing appreciation to your colleagues because they are perhaps your work family but I do find the white day tradition a little confusing. One of my favourtie authors is Jane Austen, I love her old school views of romance. Actually this week I have been reading Emma, I absolutely adore this book. Emma, the main character, is against love for herself. The quote that comes to mind is “I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and i do not think I ever shall”. However as the book unravels and a number of unexpected consequences occur she falls in love. At the risk of sounding cliche this really is a Jane Austen classic and a breathe of fresh air, I recommend it to any other hopeless romantic.
Escape the snow!
Hello everyone. I (like most people) am getting a little tired of the snow. When I feel like this, I like to daydream of beaches, pools, and generally hot places. I often ask myself, if money weren’t an issue, where would I go? Well, for me money isn’t a massive issue when I compare it to time because we can always save up for a holiday, time is different and can be lost. I think if money weren’t an issue, I would go to Hawaii and stay in a gorgeous, luxury, all-inclusive resort with a pool cocktail bar and surfing lessons. However, if the question were about time, as in no time limit, my answer would greatly change. Without skipping a beat, I`d say Peru, specifically Machu Picchu. It is one the places on my bucket list. The 550-year old citadel was built by the Inca civilization in the 15th century and is perched high in the Peruvian Andes at 7,973ft above sea level, doesn’t that sound just amazing? As someone who loves hiking and outdoors, going there would be a dream come true. A close second would be to travel along the trans-Siberian express, however this wouldn’t be so warm and right now I am daydreaming about warm places. Where would you go? Let me know, maybe I can piggy-back off your dream!!
Hello everyone. I am sure some of you have probably noticed that recently I have changed the colour of my hair to a somewhat green blonde. My constant struggle in life is to find a hair colour that I like. There are so many hues of blonde; honey blonde, summer blonde, bleach blonde, beach blonde, platinum blonde, champagne blonde and so on. This time I was going for a “dirty blonde”, this is like a brownish blonde. I managed to get what I`d say is a dirty blonde however for some reason it has a green tint to it. Last time, I had a bluish tinge to the blonde, so I guess green is different. I am considering giving up blonde and going to the red/fiery natural colour of my hair, I guess time will tell on that one.What colour would you dye your hair if you could choose any colour? I bet nobody would choose green!!!
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