Yuka, Yasu & Lou in Brugge
Gy, Lou & Yasu in Amsterdam
Yuka & Yasu sucking on stroopsoldaatjes (syrup soldiers)
Of course during their stay in Europe food also needed to be eaten. Dinner at my uncle Henk and aunt Janny’s house; my aunt cooked a fancy 3-course-dinner which was another big success with our Japanese eaters. Then on Yuka’s last night in Neerpelt she cooked us a traditional Japanese festive dinner: delicious sukiyaki. And of course I could not let Yasu go home without having had dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Europe with me. Nobody ever wants to join me for a Japanese dinner because they are all afraid of Japanese food, Yasu being Japanese did not have this fear. So we enjoyed a very tasty Japanese feast at Yokohama in Eindhoven, and Yasu my Japanese food expert was very impressed by the food!
Yuka cooking sukiyaki
The day after Yasu’s return from his Eurotrip I took him on a trip through the Efteling. We were lucky because in October the Efteling is not busy at all and therefore there were no insane 90-minute-lines-for-a-3-minute-ride situations at all that day, instead we could almost run into the roller coasters, fairy tale rides and (wild) water boats. I heard Yasu (and myself) scream of excitement but mainly fear several times and oddly we thought the scariest ride was the Carrousel (merry-go-round) horse.
Yasu in a revolving cup at the Efteling
Another October highlight was a Backstreet Boys’ concert in Brussels where we went to with my sweet mom, her crazy boyfriend Guido and Gyano. Yasu is a living Backstreet Boys jukebox for some reason, maybe it’s because he has done too much karaoke in Japan? Anyway therefore it was easy enough for him to sing along to all the tunes played on stage. And really you don’t have to be a 12-year-old-girl to enjoy a BSB concert, it is actually entertainment for all ages and both genders!
Yasu and I visited some more places, one of which was the cow farm of a friend from the gym, Coen. Yasu enjoyed inspecting and fearfully petting the cows, which ended in a whole bunch of huge cows being scared of the tiny Japanese man jumping around the stables trying to pet cows and at the same time trying to jump away from the cows. Antwerp was another place we visited which is cow-less but it did have a funny looking statue with some midgets staring with awe at some Giant’s crotch.
Lou & Yasu in Antwerp
But what we enjoyed most about Yasu’s stay in Europe were the days we stayed at home and simply played house. Of course to most people this is utterly boring but to us it was new and fun. He lives in Japan, I live in Europe we have never really been able to enjoy some normal uneventful life together. So to us the days we just hung around in the apartment doing our own things but still being together were absolutely wonderful and a nice change from chasing around from city to city and event to event.
We closed October with a 1.5-year-anniversary. We were in different countries for our 1-year-anniversary and so will we be for our 2-year-anniversary, so we used our being together for 18 months as a big festive occasion instead. My mom, Guido and Gyano were so friendly to leave the country (as in go to Guido’s house in the Netherlands) and be gone for a day, so that Yasu and I could enjoy a romantic day together, complete with breakfast in bed, dinner, flowers, candy, and a midnight walk through (not so) beautiful Neerpelt. Of course there were also presents, Yasu bought a beautiful heart shaped necklace for me and I … I gave him chocoladebollen (big chocolate balls filled with whipped cream) and pantoffels (winter slippers)… oops. But rest assured, he loved it anyway!
Yasu’s anniversary presents for me :)