20th of October 2010.
I have finally had a decent sleep. I didn’t wake up during the night. I first woke up at 6:30am. My roommates and I watched TV until 7:00am. We got up for breakfast. Breakfast was just as delicious as the dinner the night before. We had to eat breakfast really fast because our next activity would start at 9:00am. We had to go on a walk to get there. The thing I was looking forward to was, making yaki-soba in groups, and also doing the hot-air balloon at night. The whether was perfect for this. Here is a picture of where they had the 1998 winter olympics.
We walked on footpaths the whole way to the activity place. The activity was called: Games activities. We arrived at a big field. On one side of the field was bush. On the other, was a river that went a long way according to the instructors. We could also see Nagano’s 3 famous mountains in the distance.
We were divided into groups, and there 4 games. The groups would rotate so then we could do every activity. The point of doing games was to improve our co-operation. Our group struggled with this simple exercise. The activities were fun, but only if you co-operated. So, our group didn’t find it fun at all. At 11:15, we finished, and then we had free time running around. The adults however, were very hard at work, and were preparing for lunch.
At 12:00pm, we all made our way to the lunch picnic area. The BBQ’s were lit, and we started to make our food. I was super dooper hungry. We cooked the food in groups. I was in charge of the vegetables, and some other people were in charge of the meat. The food was finally cooked. Delicious smells were coming from the food. I got a fork, and I started eating straight away. It was so nice that I had forth helpings.
Straight after lunch, group A went to do a river clean up, and group B which I was in, went to rock-climbing. The bus ride took about 30 minutes. We arrived at the Omachi climbing wall at 2:30pm.
The hardest thing about rock-climbing, is when you come down. You have to lean back on the rope, and trust the intructors at on the ground helping. Leaning back, and trusting a thin piece of rope is quite hard. If the instuctors accidently let go of the rope, I would come down very quickly. The footpath would turn red quickly as well.
I managed to climb up 3 climbing walls. We left at around 4:10pm.
Once we arrived bach at the hotel, we had free time for 30 minutes. Dinner was served earlier tonight, because we would be going on hot-air ballooing.
Everyone was so excited about this, that all the children ate their dinner super quickly. For desert, we had tiramisu.
We had 10 minutes to get ready. We all ran outside, and ran to where the hot-air balloon was floating.
When we saw it, we were all stunned. It was enormous. We all lined up in que. Everyone was pushing and shoving, and everybody wanted to ride the balloon first. I however, was calm, and I did not push or punch anyone. The teachers noticed this, so I went up with the first group of children.Hot-Air Balloon video.
When I got on, I was a bit afraid. Not because I was scared of heights, but because, about 5 inches above my head, was a huge metal thing, that produced a gigantic burst of fire and gas. We finally took off into the cold night sky. The view was magnificent. The fire nearly caught fire of someone’s hair, but luckily it didn’t. We stayed up for about 7 minutes. We came down slowly. When we got off we had to be careful. On the hot-air balloon, there had to be a certain amount of weight to keep it down. So, when one person got off the balloon, another person got on. We did this until our group had got off, and the next group had got on.
The hot-air balloon continued to go up and down several times. The sight of it was just incredible.
At last, everybody had gone on the hot-air balloon. We walked back to the hotel, still feeling very excited.
When my roommates and I got to our room, it was nearly our bedtime. I had another early night. I was sound asleep by 9:30pm.