2004年 09月 30日 ( 21 )

a0018711_12161453.jpgThis morning, Tomoko went back to Japan. She is the first Japanese who I met in New Zealand. She came to New Zealand the same time as me and started to go to English language school, and besides we were classmate. Actually, we had the lowest level class then.

Although I'm not sure what she felt about me, I thought we had partly similar life in New Zealand for about a year. I mean we have thought of our lives for a year. In fact, we've had different experience. Well, she went to many towns to work at farm. I went to some place to get interesting jobs. In fact, we had the same problem about money. But I think that the problem gave us wonderful experiences each.

Only once we went a trip together. It was last October. We went to Greymouth with three Taiwanese; Sindia, Sandy, and Tina. I felt that it was quite long time ago, like once upon a time. Tomoko had the same feeling as me.

That time, we used to be worried about everything. Like as children. Then, the Taiwanese girls looked strongminded for us. But now, we've been grown up by New Zealand.

Tomoko told me that she realized that she really liked her ex-job though she'd quited it. She said she was going back to be her ex-job. That was her answer which she could get in New Zealand. And, I have also realized many things in New Zealand as much as I can't tell it.

Who did make Working Holiday? I really think. Maybe he could never guess that many Working Holiday Maker would go back to their countries in entirely changed mind.

Anyway, Tomoko left New Zealand today. She said,
"Both I met first and last was Kazu."
Ah, everybody has gone. Tina, Sindia, Masa, and Tomoko. They came to New Zealand the same time as me. At last, only I am here, in Christchurch. I wonder how they are now in their hometown. I am still alive in Christchurch. Now, I can feel the season which we felt the time we arrived in Chch last year. And before long, it'll be time to leave for me as well.

See you Tomoko. Good luck with your lovely job.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-09-30 12:14
a0018711_1235311.jpgThis picture is not Fendalton library. It's Cathedral, you know.

This morning, I overslept and late to go to school. When I arrived at class room, Anet, who is German girl, said,
"Oh, you had wonderful time last night?"
Actually, I got home 12:30am last night. I stayed at the backpackers, where Tomoko stayed, for a bit long.

In the afternoon, I went to Fendalton library. It took about 15 minutes on foot from my flat. There is quiet and nice place. There is good place for reading and also sleeping. I slept there for about an hour and afterwards read a book for two hours. I like library especially in Christchurch. Many libraries of Chch are built on beautiful place, I think. I wonder if I visit all of libraries in Chch before I go back to Japan. Maybe I will.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-09-30 12:02
a0018711_11591255.jpgThis evening, I met Tomoko in the city and went shopping to get some food for dinner. We had dinner together at the backpackers where she stays.

We went to Pak'n Save which a popular supermarket in New Zealand. Then, Tomoko said,
"I wanna see around all lanes here because it should be the last time I come to Pak'n Save."
I laughed and joined the tour of Pak'n Save. It was interesting. She keenly saw around food on show. Then, I wondered if she would miss Pak'n Save.

At the backpackers, we cooked Hamburg steaks which my best specialty dish. It was good but a little bit big. Actually, everything was too much. Rice and cabbage as well. Nevertheless, we had all of them. Tomoko said,
"I've had all. I could. I am afraid of my appetite. It is absolutely amazing for my former self. But it has been normal for me now, unfortunately."
"No worries," I said. "You would be emaciated by your work soon in Japan."
"I hope so." She replied.

At the backpackers, there was a Japanese girl who'd just arrived in New Zealand yesterday. It was an interesting meeting. We are leaving soon but she has just started the life in New Zealand. Then, she was making plan what to do from now.

"Now I just understand how Momoko felt last year," Tomoko said.
When Tomoko and I met Momoko for the first time, Momoko had already stayed in New Zealand for 11 months. Then, Momoko told Tomoko that Momoko envy Tomoko. Now I also understand what Momoko meant.

Today, I talked to Tomoko lots of things for a long. Maybe it was the longest time we'd ever had. I was really glad to be able to meet her Chch this time. Actually, she would go back to Japan in July or August before.

Anyway, I had wonderful dinner time today. Thank you.
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