Dave’s appointment with Hiroko-san’s husband who is a doctor was at 8.30am this morning. Of course, we got lost. Here, many roads have the same name, so Hiroko-san had to come in search of us. She took us to her house which was to the back and connected to her husband’s clinic. The clinic itself is 50 years old! Her father in law practised here before her husband and it used to have a 6 bed hospital on the second floor. She used to have to cook for the patients and three nurses! The hospital closed about 17 years ago and now she is a free woman!
I kept telling her how lucky I am to know her. Her husband is the Chairman of the Medical Community here and is well liked and well known. He was very nice and even took time out to come and chat with us. His English is very limited but Hiroko translated for us. When he was a medical student here, the courses are all in German and Latin and to this day he writes his notes in German! He does not speak the language anymore but he writes all his diagnostics in German!
I am teaching her to knit and in return she will teach me Japanese and also how to do Japanese calligraphy. Her house is really big but cold. Our apartment is small and it is also cold. I think the homes here are not very well insulated. Brrrr!
After the bloodwork, Dave and I took Lucy to x-c ski and when we got to the mountain, it started blowing and snowing but not at all like last week when it was freezing and blustery and white out conditions. It was the best ski we have ever had here, the snow was just right and the grooming was as perfect as it can get, with the grooves for the striders way to the side and there was ample room for us to skate. OOh, Dave and I were in 7th heaven! The trails were nothing like the ups and downs of Tahoe DOnner – I think it is about twice as long as Lion’s Leap. The hotel runs the grooming and the trails are free.
Well, finally, I have a tutor coming to my home for Japanese lessons starting next week. I am so excited. I have learnt alot on my own but I want to progress faster. And guess the name of my tutor? Yup – another Hiroko!! To date, this is my fifth Hiroko-sans!
Yesterday, I went to a book shop and ordered a Japanese cookbook with both ENglish and Japanese language- all by myself and spoke Japanese to the shop assistant and best of all she understood me !