Hotel Okura Kobe
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Monday, March 31, 2014
The Volendam was docked in Kobe when we awoke around 6:00 AM this morning.
We had finished packing and put our bags in the hall for transit pickup around 10:30 PM last night. Carol had packed her carryon bag before we went to dinner, but had left most of it for later. I did all my packing after dinner.
We ate dinner with six Australians who often travel together. They were a ...
... the dish or the model? Are they custom made? I did read once that there is a restaurant supply street in Tokyo that sells them. Curious.
Anyhoo, enough of that. Next entry I’ll tell you about Kyoto, the slow paced former capital of Japan that boasts the most incredible cultural wonders hidden all around the city.
Only NZlanders will get the title. For those who want to know what it references, it's this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaIZF8uU Ttk A very low point in NZ ...
... that this train would stop at the next station and so would the train we need to be on so we just got off and 2 minutes later got on OUR train =) Luckily we didn't have to stay on the other train as it took an extra hour to get to Osaka.
The 3 hours to Shin-Osaka where we called Sam and Stefania to come and meet us. It took a bit to find eachother but we did. They led us to the subway which we had to pay 3.10 yen for (approx $4.20) and travelled to Abiko station ...
... we decided to hike it instead of taking the cable car. It was a really pretty but tiring hike. Along the way we saw a wild pig and there were little waterfalls all along the way. They were really cool except for when I slipped into one when I slipped on a rock while jumping from one rock to another trying to cross the little river. Once we got to the top we came across a little village but it was pretty much deserted. It was really eerie because it was so quiet and foggy because we were ...
... are also more strongly engrained. Jack witnessed his students' incredulity when he said, "Yeah, I cook at home," as they burst into cries of "Segoi! Cool!" and then timidly added, "Do you clean up too?".
Maybe because of this family based culture, I've been thinking more about my own family, and my own cultural identity. I always felt growing up, especially when I was in High School, that I was a bit of a mutt - a mix of more ...