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... however by this hour no one was manning the phones, which meant we just had to call it a night ourselves and pray the bag arrived in the morning.
At 2.20am we got a call from reception saying our bag had arrived. Vaughan met them at the door in his oh so cute bathrobe, which ensured the shortest handover in history.
When the alarm went later that morning we were both too exhausted for words and conceded that our first day in Hanoi would just need to be a rest day.
Today I'm going site seeing in Osaka city it self.
First I'm going to see the Sky Building where one can see the city from the 32. floor. :-)
Around the Sky Building trees have been planted and one must behave in this tranquil environment and the signs indicate!
Steps / strides today: 10992
... outdoor rooftop. Marina is the only one who had a good time. You can have a "sky wedding" so Alicia and Sean can plan to renew vows there. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to be so high up. Down the escalator and elevator and I still had difficulty walking normal, but we went into Umeda for lunch. After that we went to buy stuff at the castle and then wandered Kyobashi ubtil we found a nice Izakaya for ...
... exploring the Peace Park. It was very eery, and quite confronting. The museum was amazing, but the victims hall was quite difficult to experience. Walking through the place that all that devastation occurred was amazing. I haven't been able to upload many photos yet as I do not have a card reader for my camera (I left them with my gopros in the snowboard bag).
Then made my way to Osaka. I got completely lost trying ...
... hall itself is the world's largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction is only two thirds of the original size - it must have been enormous!
There is also a small hale in a base of one of the pillars, which is exactly he same size as the Buddha statue (Daibutsu) nostril. It is said that those who can squeeze through this opening will be granted enlightenment in their next life. There was a big queue to try the luck, but judging from the size of ...