Slow Train to Sapporo
Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
21Trip End Sep 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
Best Western Hotel Fino
It wasn't that slow of a train but it made quite a few stops. Not a lot of excitement today at all.
I slowly packed up this morning, alternating reading with packing. I tried to save the charging battery and drying socks for last. It is amazing: I washed the sox yesterday morning and the thick ones were still wet, not damp, wet, and starting to get that moldy smell. I was out by the 10 am check out time and back over to the station for my 11 am train to Sapporo. I was a little disappointed that the scenery wasn't that different and that my window seat was on the opposite side to the ocean.
We pulled into Sapporo station at 3:15, I walked (with difficulty because my bags are so burdensome) to the hotel and checked in
I read that Sapporo is a relatively new city. It is big (to me) at 1.3 million according to Frommers guide. Here, near Sapporo Station, is the center of town with lots of modern skyscrapers and public sculptures. I haven't had any luck finding an ATM machine but have a map to one near the hotel for tomorrow morning. There may be dingier parts of Sapporo but it is quite spiffy around here - tons of shopping centers, especially underground. There also seems to be more piped music - jazz and western pop music - around. Yesterday when I was having my hairy crab lunch, it was Margaritaville. Some of the music today seemed like Olympic hero music - maybe because I remember the Olympics being in Sapporo.
So after getting my ticket, I went to find some lunch and thought noodles would be good so I had two kinds on a basket
I have one other major observation that I haven't included up til now...I don't think. Cyclists. Here cyclists ride on the sidewalk. It is frightening sometimes to look up and see a bicycle heading toward you. People tend to be very good about not crossing the street when the walk sign is not on, but I have yet to figure out what the convention is for walking on the sidewalk. Most time it appears that you should walk on the left. There are sometimes different lanes for pedestrians and cyclists but most cyclists don't seem to pay attention to those. I haven't seen any accidents...I wouldn't dare to ride a bike here because I know I don't have reflexes that fast.
Today I was walking down a sidewalk (most have markers separating the sides) and the person in front of me was walking on the right side - so I did too. Just when I remember to get on the left, somehow everything changes
Since it is only 7 pm, I may try to upload some photos. I haven't been able to download the quick photo uploader so I have had to do them individually.