The Day we sped up traveling II

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Tohoku,
Thursday, August 12, 2010

After waiting half an hour to catch the train in Matsushima to Ichinoseki (where we can transfer to Hiraizumi) I'm really starting to miss trains in Tokyo!

The train to Ichinoseki is full full full so we have to stand-- in the lavatory area! Thankfully we can all see the humor in this so our hour in the train goes by pretty fast. Now and then, I peek outside whenever we stop so that we don't miss our final stop. Finally, it stops in Ichinoseki and we can transfer to Hiraizumi!

Upon arriving in Hiraizumi, we see that the weather is getting worse and worse, which means we have to cancel one of our outings here-- we were supposed to rent a bike and bike our way to Takkoku no Iwaya, a temple carved out of the sides of rocks.

Seeing as it's about to rain, we take a loop bus to Chusonji-- the first stop on our Hiraizumi journey!

The next big obstacle for Jordy comes in when we arrive at Chusonji-- and find it's a steep uphill climb on a muddy, unpaved ground! We hear some groaning and moaning from behind us and up we go! Of course, halfway through our climb, it starts raining a little, then more and by the time we're up the hill and in front of a shrine, it's coming down big time! I dash over to a souvenir shop and purchase two umbrellas so that we can keep walking on!

Needless to say, we're laughing like idiots at this crazy weather! Even though it's raining, it's still around 32 degrees celcius and it's not getting any cooler. We still continue on and see the main hall of Chusonji and some other small temples. Despite the rain, Jordy and I are still cleansing ourselves with water before we go on.

As the rain is starting to get worse, we turn around to go down again and are impressed/surprised to see a Japanese girl walking in front of us in superhigh heels, through the mud and the rain, while she's barely standing on them! We actually start following her because there's just no way she cannot fall while she's on those shoes in this weather! Despite our little stalking, she never fell even once, and I slipped several times, one time even falling down several steps because of the mud. I bite my tongue.

Back in the Loopbus, I hear something about ruines and I press the "STOP" button just after the exit came up. The bus comes to a grinding halt and I apologize profusely to the busdriver who looks at me like I'm crazy :') We get out of the bus, walk back to the ruins... only to find nothing there!

It's just grass and dirt! Kimberley is laughing her ass off, Jordy is silent and I'm apologizing several times through tears of laughter. Seeing as the bus won't pass for another 30 minutes, we start walking through the deserted city (it is a thursday? Where is everybody?!) back to the station.

When we arrive there, the Loopbus is there still, as is it's driver. As he drives past us, we smile and wave and he waves back!

We wait for our connection back to Ichinoseki for half an hour and then in Ichinoseki it seems we missed our shinkansen by 10 minutes. Another 30 minutes to go. I really miss trains in Tokyo by now!

We get back at the appartment around 10pm and there's a note on the door by Chris and Brenda with the key and the explanation that they've left because they didn't like it anymore. More power to them. The rest of our trip is just the three of us and basically, we couldn't be more happier! :) 
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Kimberley on

We had some epic failure in Japan concerning metro- and bus stops.. Hihi, I'm laughing again xD

maureen3005 on

That's just how we used to travel, everything that can go wrong goes wrong and we can't stop laughing.....haha. Good that Kim and Jordy are the same and don't get grumpy ;-) Jordy looks good as a Sohei

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