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... was beautiful. They always are.)
"In the afternoon, make a loop south through Naramachi" (Check. this is the neighborhood close to the train station where the streets are lined with food stalls and souvenir stands. There were tons of people swarmed around this one food stall and when in Asia the moto is "where there are mass locals lined up, there must be something exciting, yummy, and really good to eat! So I lined up and asked ...
... in Kyoto. It's free entry so maybe that's why, says synical me, but it was actually well worthwhile visiting. It has 1000s of vermilion ''torii' winding their way 4 km up the wooded mountain and it takes a good hour to get to the top. The shrine was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake (rice wine) in the 8th century. The torri are donated by sucessful business people as a mark of gratitude to the spirit 'Inari'. ...
As I fell asleep early I woke up early as well. In this case it was 5:30 and I was able to see the sunrise over Osaka out of our window on the 17th floor. I was only later in the day that I realized I was one of the first humans seeing the sun rise this day, certainly in the top 5 %.
To kill the time until normal humans awake I was catching up on my blog, kept drinking nice green tea and also decided to give our immensely small ...
... arriving in Japan. Everyone liked them though and still cheaper than home.
Caught the train and mono rail home and stopped at the ramen place near our apartment on the way home. Was quite good. Geoff and Peter had been there before. It a small place with no English, photos or plastic food in the windows. We managed to get a decent ramen though.
... and I can see why Nara was put into Jord's book.
Love tal xo
Ps . The reason for the title is because while on the train home Jord had passed out and as we stopped at a train station I realized that I should ask what stop we were waiting for and thankfully I had because the stop we were at was the one we had to get off at! Moral of the story is that the directionally challenged girl saved the day and let me tell you...I'll never let him forget it ...