ステップアップ-STEP UP・アメリカ人 講師 Luella ルエラ
Hello, my name is Luella. I`m from the United States. I`ve been living in Sapporo since December 2005, and I really love it! I`m interested in living abroad and learning about different cultures and languages. I enjoy teaching English conversation because it gives me an opportunity to meet and talk with all kinds of people. My hobby is designing and making jewelry from stone beads and other natural materials. In my free time I like to read books, study Japanese and spend time at the beach-I love the ocean. Sapporo is a great city because it`s convenient and safe, and there is a lot of beautiful nature nearby. And the food here in Hokkaido is wonderful, in my opinion some of the best in Japan! I look forward to meeting you.
Happy Summer everyone! June 21 was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. My husband and I had tapas and wine in our garden to celebrate. It was really nice!
This year the summer weather started early. March was hot and sunny; it seemed like summer! April was terribly rainy, but since May we have had lots of sun.
Last month (in May) we went to the Cannes Film Festival. It was a fun and interesting experience. The atmosphere was very festive. We saw Sylvester Stallone from very far away because we couldn’t get close to the red carpet – there were too many photographers and fans! The town of Cannes is located on the Cote Azure (the blue coast). It’s a very beautiful and famous part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Before driving home, we crossed the border into Italy for a few hours to have pizza, tiramisu and espresso in the town of Ventimiglia (ベンティミリア). It was delicious! I can’t find such good pizza in France, even though the countries are right next to each other. I was happy to go to Italy because I am one quarter Italian on my mother’s side (my mother’s father was born in Italy). So I feel like I have a special connection with Italy.
It was a great trip! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
P.S. The photo was taken in Ventimiglia, Italy!
Lilies of the Valley
Today is May 1st, or “May Day”, in America. It is also known around the world as “International Workers’ Day”.
Recently my husband and I went to Sunday dinner at a friend’s house. It was a very typical French dining experience, with “aperitif” before the meal, then the appetizer, the main course and dessert. A different wine or champagne was enjoyed with each course. But there was something I didn’t expect: I got a chance to taste a wine that was worth 3,000 Euros a bottle!
Actually, our friend didn’t pay 3,000 Euros for the wine; he bought it 21 years ago, when it (the wine) was still young. At the time, the bottle – a Bordeaux – only cost about 10 Euros and it wasn’t a very special wine. But later, people discovered that this wine aged very well, and became better and better as it got older.
The wine was delicious, smooth and aromatic, with a complex, full flavor and a strong oak finish. Tasting this wine made me think about the culture of wine drinking in France and how it is different from other parts of the world like America, Japan and Australia. In America, we are accustomed to drinking wine with a “standardized” flavor. Usually only one or two varieties (種類) of grape are used, and because of this, the flavor is not very complex and usually one red wine is not very different from another.
But in France, wine makers often use several varieties of grape and work hard to develop a perfect balance of flavors. So when you taste a good French wine, you can taste the complex balance of all of these different varieties of grape. Some wine-tasting experts can even tell you exactly where the wine was grown and whether the vineyard (ブドウ園) was facing South or East!
I now realize that although I have always enjoyed drinking it, I never really understood wine until I moved to France. Now I can truly appreciate the ritual of wine drinking: observing the color, smelling, tasting, and really experiencing the wine with all of your senses. Next time you have a glass of wine, why don’t you try it?
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