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2010-02-19 Fun in the Snow

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Me, Marlene, Lina, and Bua at the Sapporo Beer Museum

A couple weeks ago, I went to Hokkaido with a few of my friends from the dorm. We only went for a few days, but it was well worth it. We got to Hokkaido around 12, so after dropping our stuff off at the hotel, we went to downtown Sapporo to get lunch and to also go the Sapporo Beer Museum. After that, we all went to see the Yuki Matsuri, or Snow Festival, where there were tons of sculptures made completely out of snow. Not only were they incredibly detailed, but many of them were bigger than a normal house! It was really cool, but it was very cold. The next day, we went to Otaru. We spent most of our time just walking around and eating a lot of good food (we were able to find a really cheap buffet, so we enjoyed ourselves there). After eating at the buffet, we went to go find a shop that sells 6 layers of ice cream! Later that night, we went to an onsen again (I went to Hokkaido with the same group of girls that I went to Hakone with, so we have now started calling ourselves Team Onsen). This onsen was really nice because we were able to touch the snow while being in the onsen. On our last day, we went to the Hokkaido Historical Village, where we got to see houses and buildings that people used to live in many years ago. We also got to play in the snow too! My friends and I went down a hill on a sled (on Facebook there is a video of me going down the hill--it is quite humorous), made a little snowman, and had a snowball fight! After the Hokkaido Historical Village, we went to go see the ice sculptures in Susuki, which were also really cool. After that, we returned back to Sapporo and made our way back home. I wish that we could have spent more time in Hokkaido, but I am sure that I would have gotten very tired of seeing snow all the time. Tiffany Ross

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