Not well.... :(

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Friday, March 4, 2011

Again, another reason not to drink! Argh!! I woke up today about 11.45, and I'm ill. Insert a multitude of swear words and frustration here.......*&"^%($""%^&$)*_"(_(&^%***"*R*&"^%"%$"&("*** 
I woke up with a sore throat and a horrible cold, the sort where (forgive the over information) you cant breathe through one nostril, because its blocked and also running at the same time and forming a crust round your nose, whilst you may be able to breathe through the other. Blow you're nose and its yellow gunk - yellow....a sign of a cold or infection. No wonder everyone wears facemasks, I think I might need one today. 

I'm so annoyed, I've been here 3 days and had only a day and half of sightseeing and now, today could be a write off although I'm determined it won't be and we're talking of going to Tokyo tower for the view. I think this will be fine. I still haven't been to Mount Fuji, and its a sunny day. I bought a 14 day real pass and haven't been able to use it yet. Grr. 
I'm just going to tell them what's wrong with me and exactly why I can't and don't want to drink. Particularly now that I have a cold. What a waste of time. 

OK, 1pm came, I everyone got up, I went in to see Bliss and Ursula and confessed my illness and my inability to drink whilst sitting on the floor in the dorm room. They were so nice about it and for some reason I also started crying. I'm not even very sure why. I dunno, I think I thought I didn't want to be honest with people, and appear weak or inadequate. I haven't been totally honest with anyone yet because I'm afraid of what they'll think of me. Ridiculous I suppose.

We had tea and fried egg on toast together and then headed off to Tokyo tower. We took so long about getting ready I think it was about 3.30 buy the time we left. At the stop where we got off to go to the tower we passed a temple. We looked in and heard chanting, before 30 or so men and women, possibly monks as they were all dressed in robes with white socks and flip flops,  walked around the room, always bowing when the passed a central axis. We watched quietly for about 10 mins, it was very serene. When we left we found some gardens and there was a board with lots of bits of paper tied round, wishes/prayers I think. There was also a board with wooden ones hanging. One that caught my eye was written by someone on the 25th January and said "I wish that love would find me". So many people in this world, no matter where, and we all want the same thing. There was also a lot of little praying statues, with red hats and sometimes capes or bibs or shawls, all accompanied by little toy windmills. We weren't sure what they were for, but there were a lot. 
When we got to Tokyo Tower it cost 1400Y to go up to the top of the 250m observatory. The sun is on its way down so it's pretty dusky and we had the full benefit of watching the sunset and the lights of Tokyo slowly come on all around us. It's an amazing transformation to see it. Several of us went up to the top - you pay 850 to go up to 150m, but the extra for the top. Bliss stayed on the 150 level and we all went up. We were up for so long that we heard a tannoy announcement saying she was down at the bottom. So we went down to the bottom and couldn't find her. So then I had to do a tannoy (this was because the girl behind the counter could barely speak english), so yeah, I did an announcement to Tokyo tower, Any of you who have had the pleasure of hearing me leave an answerphone message (and I know you find it funny because I fluster), well I did a similar thing on the tannoy, even finishing with "Thanks, bye!" ...muppet! lol!

We wandered back slowly looking for somewhere to eat, looked at several inadequate places and when we hovered by one menu board which seemed a bit expensive, the owner came out and we were explaining it seemed a bit expensive and she showed us a cheaper menu, so we went in. She was lovely, half Japanese, half Chinese (the restaurant was a chinese one), I ordered some spring rolls and another dish. We asked for rice and she said she'd give it to us for free! What also surprised us was that she brought us chicken and sweetcorn soup as a present to start with! AND at the end brought us a sort of fruit salad including a sort of milk jelly type thing. She was so lovely. We ate so much that I brought half of mine back to the hostel and so have something for lunch. 

Not feeling my best I am staying in tonight, but nearly everyone else has gone out to Roppongi to a club I think and will be out until the first trains in the morning. However, I will get an early night. Ok whoops its 12.10 now! So I'll go to bed now so I can see a few more things before we head to Kyoto tomorrow late afternoon. 

Best thing today: the peacefullness of the prayers at the temple, and the gardens

Worst thing today: take a guess....a cold :(

Most beautiful: watching the transformation of a city from 250m from light to dark

Ailments...achillies tendinitis is gone, hurrah! so I'm left feeling a bit tired, sore throat/cold, and a little achy in the back, other than that, I'm in pretty good shape I think and things have cleared up.

PS....I am really enjoying everyone's comments, thanks for your suggestions and news and best wishes. It's great to find an area of wifi and be able to see what everyone has written.
Please don't forget to write who you are when making a comment. I have a few from unknowns and it freaks me out a bit, so please say who you are to put my mind at rest! thanks, and keep em coming so I know you're still sharing my journey with me and not bored yet!
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Jo Hurst on

Hi Zoe, hope you wake up feeling a bit better today. I make a brew each day and sit down and read your latest news it is like reading a live book! Totally loving it and really appreciate you sharing it with us. Friday tea time here so I am off for a beer. Cheers Jo x

Holmesinho on

Loving the photos and all the words too. Thanks for the card from Mongolia which I'll pass around when the whole team are in on Tuesday.
Sorry for dropping you from the Skype scrum but you can guess who objected ;o)
Take care of yourself and allow yourself some recovery time and don't use that 'recovery time' for drinking!
Nigel xx

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