I went to Japan with a friend for a vacation. We had been planning the trip for months and my friend and I really wanted to try skiing in Niseko. Neither of us knew how to ski, so we hired a Niseko ski instructor to teach us how to do it. Everyone else thought it was a bad idea for us to go skiing, because they had heard so many stories about people injuring themselves while skiing. While it is true that skiing injuries occur, you can become injured by doing just about anything else. Fear of injury is no reason to avoid doing something new. Besides, sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.
The flight to Japan was along one, and I was asleep for most of it. My friend was too excited to sleep and listened to music on the way. As soon as we landed and got to our hotel rooms, we headed to a local restaurant to have something to eat. We had eaten Japanese food before in our home country at various restaurants, but it’s nothing like having the real thing that was prepared in the country. The food is all so fresh and flavorful.
When we got to the ski slope, we were greeted by the instructor. He started by showing the basics of how to move and stop. I fell a few times while sliding around on the snow, but I got back up and continued on with the lesson. My friend was much more of a natural than I was. I got the feeling that he had been doing some practicing behind my back. Once we had enough training, we did some more intense skiing. When I did my first jump, I shouted so loud that I think everyone on the slope heard me.