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... point at which this picture was taken), and then returns to the bar. Got it? If not, don't worry, it's a cool picture regardless.
Exploring the region
The lack of rain has, happily, afforded me plenty of time to explore the mountains by bicycle...and what a treat it's been! There is so much beauty here. I am greatly
rewarded every time I venture forth. Most of the photo's I've included were taken on rides. I hope you enjoy them.
... so I decided to skip. The next day we went to Shirakawago. It is a very tiny village that is Unesco world heritage and oh boy do I recommend it! It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The mountain backdrop, water streams everywhere and the beautiful slanted roof wooden houses make this a must see if you come to Japan. Hordes of tourists of course but not as much as to perturb the enjoyment of this place. It was a bit tiring ...
... in my lifetime, but never to a country where I could neither speak nor read the language. Fortunately for me, many of the most important (transportation) signs are written in English and not just Japanese. Add to that the fact that the Japanese are some of the most helpful people I have ever met in my life. The result was an easy and very enjoyable journey.
As what I feel is an important side note on the subject of being helpful, ...
When we left, I once again had no seatbelt so I jerked around. When we got there, it was just me and Quinn so I read and waited for everyone else to come.
When everyone arrived, we left and went into the van. We drove up to Shirakawa-go village and on the way, there were a ton of tunnels. One stretched 7 Miles long!
The view was amazing and everyone was interested in this pretty caterpillar. The guide ...
... if I had laundry and then took me down to breakfast. It was curry rice!!! it was amazing and on the side was spinach and tomatoes. The mom said I used my chopsticks really well. I guess I can now that I've been here been here 10 days. When I finished, i watched a weird cartoon and some kids were going through a maze. That's it. They followed their every move. Then, there was a chair and it looked sad and it went to a lake ...