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Sunday, October 24, 2004

People to Thank At Ibaraki:

The time has come to say good bye to Ibaraki Christian University and our host families. It is hard to think that the four weeks is already up it seems like we just got here and were figuring out how to get to school from our homes by trains and busses.  As the weeks progressed we felt more and more comfortable to where it was second nature to get to school.

We have to thank the people who made this foreign place feel like home. The 15 families that took in us all in and treated us as if we were one of there own kids. They fed us took us to sites, and showed us true hospitality. So thank you all very much.
Jordan Alexander Togasaki Family
Jacob Barnes Saka Family
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Kent Breeze Tanmachi Family
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McKayla Brooks Owada Family
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Stephanie Coil Yabe Family
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Amy Convington Saito Family
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Jala Herdon Hirai Family
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Laura King Sawahata Family
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Danny Kratzer Kikuchi Family
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Issac Magoos Kikuchi Family
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Adam Potter Kikiuchi Family
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Jon Schulz Mori Family
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Leia Vergne Akiba Family
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Chris Verner Kuboki Family
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Casey White Kuwana Family
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Ibaraki Christian University has these people called “IC Buddies” they helped in many ways and became some of our really good friends. The buddies spent their free time helping us in our Japanese class; they also helped us order food and helped us communicate with the other students. The IC buddies spent time with us after school and took us around the town from Karaoke to “Pricula” (a really popular thing to due in Japan). A special thanks to our new friends who will be greatly missed.

The four ladies in the International studies office at ICU get a gold star; they planned many activities, helped us with translations, took me to the Hospital, and helped us when we needed help. They went far above the call of duty and made everything run smoothly.
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The last people that we need to thank are the professors that taught us in our Japanese culture class and language class. They made Japan come alive, they taught us all different aspects of the Japanese culture from learning to play the Koto to learning how Japanese business men do business.  A special thanks to Suzuki Sensi who spent the whole month teaching a group of American how to speak a very difficult language. To the prefessors thank you again for everything.

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Monday, November 08, 2004

Hong Kong:

After a few weeks of living in Japan we headed back to China. We spent a total of 4 days in Hong Kong being tourist. We visited Victoria Harbor, Victoria Hill and the Star Ferry. One thing that is very different to Hong Kong than any other city in China that we visited is that almost everyone speaks English. Hong Kong was a great place to be back together as a group and overall a great experience.imageimageimage

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Adventure Capital of the World

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While in New Zealand, we did many activities and experienced the beauty and wonder of this wonderful place. We spent the first few days in Auckland. We all had really bad jet lag from the ten and half hour flight from Hong Kong.

Later in the week we went to Rotura, where we ended up staying with some host famlies. In Rotura we went bungie jumping, Zorbing, Ludging and also saw a traditional Moari Village. Our time in New Zealand was a lot of fun.
The people at North Shore Church and Rotura Church were great hosts and treated us like one of their own.
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(Danny, Amy, Laura, One of the first Zorbers)image
(Danny learns to fly like the Birds while he Bungie Jumped 47 meters (150ft)


(Traveling underground for 2 hours during our blackwater adventure)image
(Very Intimidating as Casey and Issac show us their Maori warrior faces)image
(Are last trip in New Zealand was at this beautiful beach)image
(Rotura is the place where we did all of are adventurous things)image
(In New zealand we did learn a ton about the Maori people)image
(Rotura COC took great care of us while we spent the few days with them)

As I stated above, New Zealand tested the limits of all of us and made us stronger for facing some of our fears.

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Monday, November 29, 2004

Cairns:

We left NZ for Cairns Australia, While in Cairns we were able to go Scuba Diving and Snorkling at the Great Barrier Reef. We stayed at an awesome resort where there was a beautiful pool and air-conditioned rooms.
During are stay at Cairns some of us rented scooters and drove on the wrong side of the road. 
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(Jacob showing off his new ride)image
(Danny, Leah, and Amy getting ready to go Scuba Diving in Cairns)
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(Jacob getting ready to Snorkle at the Great Barrier Reef)

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

We’re Down Under Mate!!!!

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The city is very beautiful and full of things to do, so we stayed very busy and learned a lot about the Australian Culture. During our two weeks here in Sydney we traveled by train, and by bus a lot. We had many sites to see such as: the Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Manly & Bondi Beaches.
We worked with Maquiare Church of Christ alot our first week. We handed out 3,000-4,000 pamplets about the Bible school they do and also planned and did a SUPER SATURDAY for the kids in that area (Story of Jonah)
I think one of the highlights of our stay was going to Peninsula Church of christ and staying with a host family. They planned a ton of activities such as: being a crew of a tall ship, going to a reptile park, and hanging out at the beach with the church. Much thanks to all the People at Peninsula COC.

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(Harbor Bridge)

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(The Opera House - Pretty Cool, huh?)


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(The Harbor Front at night is awesome and colorful)

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(I think the sun has gotten to Issac)

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(Jon doesn’t understand this sign)

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(You come to Australia you’ll need to surf and not to forget to put sunscreen on)


It is hard to believe that our time in Australia and on the trip is coming to an end. Our next stop is Hawaii and then home to our families.

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