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Maike’s first day at CasaNoda & visit to Huis ten Bosch

A couple of days ago I arrived in Nagasaki after a few busy days in Tokyo. I instantly felt relaxed when I noticed the beautiful nature and summer weather. When the bus dropped me off at the station nearest to the hostel, a friendly woman saw me looking around and offered to help me find my destination. She walked me all the way to the front door whilst telling me what places I should visit in Nagasaki. Where I live this rarely happens, so I immediately felt welcome. Even though it was rather busy at Casa Noda the staff was very kind and helpful and at night there was even a small gathering with good food and drinks. Within the first few hours of my stay here I have already become friends with a lot of people. I can’t wait to meet everyone else!

Yesterday I went to Huis ten Bosch together with another guest from Casa Noda whom I met the night before. Huis ten Bosch is a Dutch-themed amusement park near Sasebo, about 1 hr 15 minutes by train from Nagasaki city. The park is filled with replicas of old buildings from cities such as Amsterdam and Utrecht (including the canals, flowers and windmills) and has a lot of fun attractions and activities for everyone to do.

I highly recommend visiting the park if you have some some spare time, the train-ride there alone is worth the trip. If the weather is good you will be able to see a gorgeous scenery of Omura Bay! You can easily take a train from JR Nagasaki-station, the JR seaside liner will bring you directly in front of the park.

Today was my first day at work at Casa Noda, Ayaka-san and Yuri-san were so kind to explain the work to me today. Thank you both so much for your help!

I’m looking forward to work here for another couple of weeks and to explore Nagasaki a bit more! =)