When I was in Australia 8 years ago, I got terribly fat.
The biggest reason was my host mother’s fabulous cooking. Other than that, I went out drinking with teachers and friends every Friday, studied drinking wine and cocktail in the beverage class of a hospitality course, and enjoyed many kinds of cheese and wine that were always kept by my gourmet-host family every night. Moreover, I always had some chocolates in my bag in case I got tired from studying so that I could quickly recharge my batteries. As a result, my weight changed drastically in a short time.
Above all, having a BBQ under a clear blue sky or dining at open-air cafes created a delightful atmosphere and sharpened my appetite. If I remember correctly, I ended up gaining about 16kgs and came back to Japan.
When I showed some pictures taken in Australia to students and teachers, no one could guess where I was in the first or second try. After a few more tries, however, most students were able to find me, while two teachers, after pointing to lots of wrong people, said weakly “…We have no idea. We give up.”
Now, how about you? Can you find me?
ps. Please check the photo here to compare. You’ll see me standing under some trees.