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October 10 to October 17, 2013
Nagasaki: All is well
segment can also be known as: Touring Guam with the Baptist Pastors,
out-running a Typhoon on the way to Kobe, waiting out a Typhoon in
Kobe, Sailing the Inside Sea of Japan, and a peaceful day in
Nagasaki. Note: Japan does not allow satellite internet transmission
within 12 miles of its shore, there have been some free connections
but we ...
... Osaka today. I took the bullet train to Osaka. Unfortunately got off on the wrong station, got off at Shin-Osaka. I had to buy a day pass for the subway to go to Osaka Castle. I took the train to Osaka station and then transferred to the subway to the Mujanki line to go to the Osaka Castle. I arrived and took some great pictures from outside and went to the 8th floor. It was amazing to see the view of Osaka from above. I ...
... in it's design and appearance compared to other shrines in Japan. The shrine also had a large steep curved bridge with steps built into it (how people would have climbed over it otherwise is beyond me).
Whilst wandering around the shrine I also struck up a conversation with a Japanese man (although it was a very one sided conversation as for most of it I couldn't understand a word he was saying) after greeting him with Konnichiwa as I walked ...
... how much we were using. We wore extra layers all the time, tucked our sweatpants into tall socks and watched steam rise from our hands after washing the dishes. This year, by comparison, is much better. We know what to expect and have accumulated blankets and slippers to keep us warm through the winter.
The feeling that time is running out for us here is hitting us slowly. We've made an effort to get out to see more of ...
Today was the first official day of the conference and the amount of participants almost doubled. The talks were pretty interesting, the speakers were from all over the world (mostly from Canada and US, however).
I met up with Maran for lunch and we had some pasta and Japanese-style pizza. Maran is documenting the food we had, so I might be able to post it here later ...