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Holiday train schedule, no am train Mihama to Tsuruga! Uncle Kiyoshi drove me to Tsuruga eki. Kiyokazu was right behind us most of the way on his way back to work. Tsuruga is still a small eki, I had forgotten about nimotsu (luggage) and the kaidan (stairs). Juseki – could not secure a reserved seat from Tsuruga to Shin Osaka. But there was a …
... Nagasaki station to catch my train. I was a bit early so I grabbed much needed food before getting to my train.
My trip to Fukuoka was only about 2 hours. That gave me enough time to get in an episode of Game of Thrones.
I hoped off the train, and looked for my hostel using the infamous Google Maps. Luckily, all of my hostels have been less than 15 minutes (If I took the proper route), from the station.
Even more luckily, I forgot that I booked a hotel, ...
... up at my bags. I look behind me and the man and his 10-year-old son are doing so as well. Odd. I get up and see a huge beetle the size of my thumb, clinging to my bag. He is charcoal grey with sharp white stripes, and has long branch-like legs. Of coarse there are no windows to throw it out of, and really will not hurt anyone – poor thing is just scared - so I ...
... part there are pictures of the realms of Buddhist Hell and the various punishments which can be expected, depending on how bad you've been during your earthly existence; she likened it to Dante's Inferno. The final part of the passage was in complete darkness and you have to follow a handrail on the left hand side while feeling for an iron ring, positioned at a point on the opposite side, which I totally missed but heard the guide and Andy hit. When we emerged into ...
... in-law, with me, found the appropriate word to make understood what I needed and we were given a map with a location. Fortunately, the drugstore isn't too far from the hotel, back near the station. It was raining as we left and for once, we had brought our waterproofs (see Hirado entry on our 2010 blog for context)! Although it's raining, it's also very warm and humid, so wearing the waterproofs means you end up just as wet as if you hadn't ...
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