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06:45 pm: I never thought I'd explore Antarctica...
Today I went with the Minna no Salon group on a bus tour. It was quite an adventure.

Our first stop was a place called Blumen Hügel. This is essentially a big farm made up to resemble a German village. It has facilities where you can (for a fee) go on horse/pony rides or pet various animals. They also have their own dairy cows for producing milk, cheese, and other such things.

We attended the "pizza-making experience," where each of us got to make a personal-sized pizza from scratch. Then, since the weather was nice, we sat outside and ate our pizzas for lunch. I was sitting on a tarp, but I wasn't entirely on it I guess, because when I got up I had a mud patch on the seat of my (white) pants. Urg. I ducked into the restroom and wiped off as much as I could.

We had about a half hour to wander around before returning to a bus. I mainly strolled through the rose garden, which was nearing the end of the autumn rose season, and snapped a gajillion pictures.

Next we went to a place called Marguerite Station, which is essentially a rest stop along the road where there are a lot of things to entertain people. They have flower picking, gift shops, a flea market, and various other things. I had my picture taken in the middle of a sunflower field.

After a half hour there, we went to the Nishibori Eizaburou Memorial Explorer Museum. This is a small facility to commemorate the expedition to Antarctica. Visitors are shown a short film and then can experience the cold temperatures by walking through a refrigerated room decorated to look like an Antarctic camp. After going through the freezer, you can watch a short movie about the two sled dogs, Tarou and Jirou, who survived being left behind by the expedition.

In all, it was a very full day.



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Date:November 5th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
the two sled dogs, Tarou and Jirou, who survived being left behind by the expedition

Why were the doggies left behind?
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Date:November 5th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Why were the doggies left behind?

From what I recall, the weather turned bad. The expedition members wanted to take the sled dogs with them when they left, but they couldn't manage it. It was all they could do to get the humans out.

The sad part is, the dogs were left chained up.
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Date:November 5th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
What a cool day! (and a busy one!) :-)
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Date:November 5th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)

What a great day!

It sounds like a lot of fun. German culture in Japan. And the Antarctic.

Sorry about the spot on the white slacks. It's one of the Peter Principles, I think.

It's amazing the dogs survived. I hope the people did, too.
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