This past week we had our school excursion to the sand dunes. I was invited to walk with 1-2 class and found myself walking next to the sweet Saki-san, a new student who is also an E.S.S member. We had a great chat and I enjoyed the walk immensely. Once at the dunes the students are free to go off and the staff basically chat for 3 hours. This part can be a challenge as I don't have near enough Japanese to keep up with that long of a conversation. However I was pleasantly surprised by how included I felt. After sharing a staff bento lunch I headed out to take some pictures on the dunes and part way met up with the new music teacher who surprised me with her fluency. We chatted for over an hour and by the time I got back to the meeting area the day was almost finished.