After surviving the rough winter here in Hokkaido, the layers of snow gave way to tulips and spring. The city is beautiful right now. It feels like everyone is shedding their winter shell, and donning sunglasses for the first time since I arrived. I don’t think I have never appreciated spring as much as I do at this very moment. The 55th annual Lilac Festival began yesterday in Odori Koen, and if I can find some free time between my research, I definitely want to head over to check it out. However, spring also reminds me that my time here is quickly flying before my eyes. I’m going to savor every last drop of my time here!