In the woods, Day two begins! 2021.02.25
I feel like I have regaled you guys with enough creepy, spooky stories. Let us snap back to the past. We were in the middle of my first legitimate camping experience. It was the first night at the camp and we were amusing ourselves regardless of the unpleasant weather. After our lovely marshmellow experience, dessert following a heavy hotpot dinner, more drinking was to be had. There, I got to experience my housemate making ‘hot wine’. It is not a difficult thing to do. He sliced some citrus fruit - I do believe they were oranges - added wine, spice sticks and set everything to boil.
I imagine it was a quite pleasant drink to sip at on a cold night while relaxing and taking a break from the monotony of life. I have learnt that one of the main pastimes of Japanese folks is drinking. He shared his wine around to those who were interested; such a decent guy - very sincere, thoughful, brave and mature. The drinking and revelry continued but at some point I wanted to sleep because it had been an early, busy and exhausting day. To be honest, I wanted to kick back with a movie and lull myself to sleep in a cramped back seat. I drifted off at some point but was woken by a cold draft of air and loud laughter. The trunk of the hatchback vehicle had been left open and all kinds of unwanted things were making their way inside.
I drifted off again and woke up to see the sky a medium blue which indicated that dawn was approaching and night was slowly transferring to the other side of the world. What surprised me was the laughter that still flowed into the vehicle from outside. It seemed that some of my housemates had not gone to bed yet! Wow. I was so in awe - I miss the energy, excitement and resilience that comes with youth.
I lay around for a bit and I think I must have dozed off again but soon it was morning and I wanted to stretch. It was a beautiful day outside. There was no sign of the rain or cold air that had tormented us the day before. This day held promise. I quickly rummaged through my bags for a light and quick breakfast and then grabbed my personal things to head to the bathroom to freshen up. I wanted to enjoy as much peace as possible before the demands of the collective camp work reared its head.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.