CouchSurfing in Nara

Trip Start Sep 09, 2009
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Trip End Oct 21, 2009


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CouchSurf: Eri's, then Haruna's

Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Monday, October 5, 2009

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"CouchSurfing in Nara"
by swami_worldtraveler

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PRELUDE:

In the interest of time, this blog is mostly to post photos, so the usually "story" will have to wait, if at all...

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INTRO:

My not-girlfriend, Michele, was in Japan by cooincidence (well, sorta:); she took the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo and I met her at the station in Osaka. I surprised her with a couchsurfing adventure planned for the nearby Nara Prefecture and the old city of Nara (site of the original capital of Japan). She was excited!

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NIGHT #1:

Our first night was spent with Eri (age 25) and her family. They feed us a wonderful Japanese dinner and set us up in a traditional tatami guest room. Wonderful hosts:) I only wished we'd had more time to spend with them.

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NIGHT #2:

Our second, and final, night was spent with Haruna, a 21 year old college student. Her loft apartment was very small, but she graciously hosted us. We were very thankful. She gave us a guided tour of the old city, plus threw an autentic takoyaki (octopus balls - no, not those kind!) party for us! How's that for native flare! We enjoyed talking about travel, language, music, and other things. Again, I wished we'd had more time.

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PHOTOS:

OK, on to the photos to tell the rest of the story!...

P.S. The photos are in the wrong order, sorry:) They are correct in the editor, so I don't know what's up. "If debugging is the process of removing bug, then programmings must be the process of putting them in!" Gotta laugh along with life:)...
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