Yesterday, Ben and I had a lovely dinner with Akemi, a woman in town who has been very kind to us. She made some amazing dishes, my favorite was the mountain vegetable tempura. After dinner we all went English conversation class. I look foreward to the class every week. It's nice to just have a social club to enjoy every Thursday.
Yesterday I spoke about our hopes riding on our phones. As it turns out we were right. I now have solid social plans, on Monday I'm going to go to aerobics, I'm invited to join a cooking club, and we're meeting up for drinks next week with some people we met.
Not having a phone was a larger social barrier than my poor language skills.