仕事アンドのんびり (しごとんびり)♫ (Work and Play)

やっとインターネットの調子が良くなった。 全然つながらなくなって、どのサイトも開くまで数十分かかっていた。最近ネットで仕事をすることが多いから使用制限を超えたのが原因だったみたい。来週からは使い放題!イェイ!

Connected to the world again! The Internet is back. It was extremely slow for about two weeks and a single page would take hours to load. (Literally. Yes, literally!)  I called the provider and they said that I had passed my monthly data limit. And yes, you're welcome to cancel the service but you'll have to pay a ton of money for terminating the contract before it expires. Their stance reminded me of this South Park episode:


But all is well! New provider, limitless downloading! Woohoo!

さて、長野県と群馬県に行ってきました!奥にまだ雪が積もっている山が見えて、空気も澄んでいて、元気を回復できた。
Anyway, I went to Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture for work. I got to visit Matsumoto Castle.

Matsumoto Castle with the Japanese Alps in the background.

松本城を絵の具で描いていた中学生がいて、熱さに負けて寝てしまった子も、静かに一生懸命やっていた子もいた。遊んでいた男の子達が先生に怒られて、敬礼をして謝っていた。面白いね、中学生。 (それをジーと見ていた私がおかしかったかな。)

There was a group of junior high school students painting pictures of the castle. It was rather hot that day, so some students were lying comatose on the grass, one can assume after losing a battle with sleep. Some boys were caught playing by their teacher, and it was so comical when they apologised and playfully saluted their teacher. (Wow, maybe they thought I was weird because I was studying them so intently.)

長く日本に住んでいるのに、まだまだ行きたいところがたくさんある。リストアップしないとね...ブログで明かす!

I've been in Japan for so long, and still there are dozens of places I'm yet to visit. I should make a list ... I shall reveal the places in a blog post! Haha!

その後、群馬県の水上(みなかみ)という所にある「別邸仙寿庵」に行って、自然に囲まれて仕事していた。関東の一部の水がその地域から出ていると聞いて、「お世話になっております!」ぐらいな勢いで温泉に入って、飲用の水もガブガブ飲みました。

Next was Minakami area in Gunma. Some of Kanto's water (Kanto is the region surrounding and including Tokyo) comes from there. I felt very grateful when enjoying the onsen and drinking Minakami water. Water from pure streams is so refreshing.

Mountain and river view from the room

川の撮影が終わって、私も一枚ポーズさせていただいた。川のそばは周りより涼しくて、夏はきっとたくさんの人が川の方に逃げるよねって雑談していた。

After taking shots of the river and its environs, I managed to sneak in a picture of myself. The area around the river was significantly cooler (cold, even). I imagine many people escape the oppressive heat of the city and seek refuge at the river.

Yes, Swinky. Look relaxed and tranquil.