Today is our last free day before classes, and (for me, anyway) the day to finally shake off the post-flight fatigue. The plan for lunch was to go to the nearby supermarket with our teacher, who bought a little of everything so we could try a variety. We ate it back in the room Mike and I share, and a lot of it was pretty good.
The supermarket, by the way, is called MaxValu, and takes up most of the upper floor of the department store called Aeon. It’s very reasonably priced, and open all night. Their ramen and snack selection is excellent as well.Afterward, people decided to study, and ultimately, we all broke for dinner; two of the guys and I knocked around this part of the city until we happened upon a restaurant down by the highway called 来来亭 (rairaitei, using very old kanji) advertising ramen. There are a lot of small-business restaurants in this area that advertise ramen, but this one looked like a chain. We were intrigued, so we went in. We didn’t, however, buy ramen; Josh got some pork slices situated around a mound of cabbage and green onion, Warren got gyoza, and I got both. It was delicious, but the best part of the restaurant was the staff. Very energetic; one would call out the order item, and the kitchen staff would call back their acknowledgement. Our guy was super-friendly, even allowing me to take a photo of him with my two comrades after we ate. We’ll be going back for sure. The only drawback was that we chose a table instead of the counter, which necessitated sitting on the (raised) floor, and I’ve never been good at sitting on the floor.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s classes. Hell, looking forward to the first week of classes. I can’t even imagine the potential.