My Day ...the day the Earthquake happened...
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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This morning I got up at 930 took a quick shower, put my tea in a plastic water bottle, that's how they come out of vending machines after all! Grabbed my yummy raisin butter rolls and got on the bus. First stop the golden temple- Kinkakuji Temple. Whilst riding the bus I got to impress everyone I think as an old guy with a stick got on and I gave up my seat for him. I saw from the corner of my eye a few people smile. I got another seat shortly after though which was good as it's quite a long bus ride! It started raining outside, but the sun is also trying to shine. Either way, I have waterproof jacket/trousers on and sunglasses...ready for anything.
Diaster averted! just as I realised this I saw a Panasonic shop and thought I'd have a look in...phew! I've bought a 2gb card. Cost 1800 but now I have a spare at least.
12:43 The golden temple was beautiful. Bright gold reflected in double on a pond in front with many islands in it. There were of course hundreds of people there, and there seemed to be far too many tourist shops at the end. The sun tried to come out, but not enough to dazzle us with.
The next place I've come to is Kitano-tenmangu Shrine. Here the blossoms are starting to come out. There are many shrines here for people to pray to. I just wish I understood what they were all for. There is a garden here that looks like it will be full of blossoms when the time is right, and would me a magical place to walk through, but it's still looking wintery, although there ate parts where it's really coming out in red and white just inches from my head.
13:35 Next stop, the castle
It's 2.30 now. I'm pretty tired so going back to the hostel to have some lunch and then make my way to Osaka.
16:33 There has been chaos on the train lines, people seem different today, and I keep seeing news crews, and lots of people standing around tv's as something is burning somewhere and all are watching. I have no idea what it's about as I can't see for all the people, it's in japanese and I can't undestand or see anything. Right... off to find my hotel and fight through these crowds.
Trying to find my way to the hotel and asked a lady who helped me get a ticket as the machine had no button for English which she did. She then seemed to be going to the same platform so I followed her and her 2 friends, then we got Juso station and they all got off. We searched for the exit and she asked me where I was going, I told her the Plaza Osaka, they were too! So we walked through the rain and found the hotel together which was nice
19:10 Right...now everything makes sense...having gone down to the lobby to find some reception, I had an email from my best mate asking me to phone her immediately. Worried that something had happened at home, I called, only to find out that she was worried about me as I was clueless and just found out, from her that all this bother I've seen is due to a massive earthquake in Tokyo. I also had several more messages from people, and phoned my folks in Africa to let them know I'm fine. Also with all the bother going on in this small country in the middle of one of the worlds biggest earthquakes, my damn ex has to get in touch (not only with me, but with a friend AND my parents) and cause a personal earthquake and tsunami which is not helpful!
20:00 I'm in my 14th floor hotel room and finally had a chance to put on the tv and see what's happening. Every single channel is showing news on the earthquake, including footage from inside buildings whilst it happened, smashed glass, destroyed roads, and the tsunami washing ships onto streets. I can't believe I was so oblivious to it all
Just so you know, today and the next 2 days, I'm in Osaka, then back to Beijing.
My room has a great view over the city, I have a kitchen sink, fridge, hob ring and hot water canister in a cupboard, and a nice bathroom with a deep but short bath in I which I plan to take a soak in later. Oh and a double bed, fab!
PS - Anyone trying to send me a text or call me - My phone REFUSES to pick up a local network, so I am only contactable via the web. no idea why the effing thing won't work, but I guess it saves me money, and I wouldn't answer the phone anyway even if you did ring me! I occasionally get a network in China, so I might have a flood of texts then I suppose.
PPS- Anyone actually curious to see my throat...go back to the entry and you'll be greeted by a larger than life photo of my throat. Taking this picture was challenging. You may be able to make out the yellowy spots on the back of my throat.
Best thing today - having a chat with my best mate and my mum! (all born from the worst thing although I would have called you soon anyway...I promise!)
Worst thing today - the worst earthquake and tsunami ever apparently...my worst thing...my own earthquake and tsunami caused by a certain someone. Thanks for that.
Most beautiful thing - GOT to be the golden temple