Day 15 - Fri 25 Apr 2003
Well, this is the
halfway point (time wise) on this trip, up early as seems to be the norm. The weather has
broken - it's either raining, or has just stopped (it's hard to see from the train). Just
as I write the train is stopping at Hiroshima - it looks very wet, you can't see
the tops of the skyscrapers. This is the first rain I've seen since Vancouver. So, my
first day in Japan was glorious, and I even managed to burn my nose. The next was so
smoggy I couldn't see Fuji. The next seems to promise rain.
The train supplies
slippers and a gown - I look soooo good! We're right on the coast now, but it's so misty
you can't see a great deal - a shame, as there must be some great views to be had. Well
it's now 10am, and I'm still on the train - it looks like everyone else has got off. Had a
small chat with a Japanese lady, I said it was hot in the carriage (in sign language) and
next time the conductor came through she said something to him - and now the air con
Got an Ekiben from
the trolley lady - had the sushi and rice, but left most of the rest of the stuff.
10:45 they have
just split the train - I guess one bit goes to Kagoshima, and this bit goes to Nagasaki.
Right - off the
train, found the tourist information, got some Yen from a cash machine at the post office,
got my accommodation sorted out in a Ryokan. Headed out to see the A-bomb museum. Smaller
than the one in Hiroshima, but a similar style. Raining cats and dogs by the time I get
out - headed downtown to get something to eat, and brought a cake (I think!), some water,
crisps and chocolate from the 100Yen Store.
I plan to be on
the 06:30 train to Kagoshima tomorrow morning - Nagasaki doesn't seem to have the same
sort of feel to it as Hiroshima. My Ryokan is perfect for the train station and the tram
route, but the lady spoke no English.
All in all a
successful trip to Nagasaki - oh - and it was a cake, and it was yummy!
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