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Hiroshima to Osaka: Meeting Mr. Shinkansen hungover

Yesterday, I woke up late-about 9:00 am. I never wake up late. Normally i wake up around 6:00 am (or earlier).

The night before I was drinking with some of the folks here at the hostel. They shared some whisky, I bought a new bottle. I remember drinking at the hostel, and leaving the hostel. I also vaguely remember finding my way back to the hostel, but nothing in between. I don't know what we did, where we stopped, or if we stopped anywhere. I just know that at 9:00 am i was still in bed. And it was Friday night-just like the Katy Perry song (and unfortunately, not I Kissed A Girl).

i woke up with a headache, had breakfast at the hostel, and packed up the rest of my stuff to leave Hiroshima. A lot of folks don't visit Hiroshima. They think apart from the bomb, there is nothing there-and that makes it a great place to visit. The city is very leafy, has beautiful parks, and is very walkable, and the people are really friendly. And it's not overflowing with tourists. I was sort of sad to leave.


But on to my last stop in Japan- Osaka. I boarded Mr. Shinkansen once again. Mr. Shinkansen is much more expensive then the bus or other trains-but once you use Mr Shinkansen, it is hard to go back. He comes along every 20 minutes, or so, and is so fast I get dizzy by looking out the window.


After 2 hours or so I was is Osaka. I used Google Maps to find the hostel, which was 4 stops away on the subway and then a nine minute walk. After some trouble i found it. I also found a cheap noodle place for lunch near the hostel.

After checking in, I took a nap to get rid of the hangover. i was slowly getting better, and I took the metro a few stops to Dotonbori, a huge area of Osaka, where there are countless vendors, stores, shops selling cheap street food, and neon signs, sort of like Times Square. There is also a giant river running through the area. I enjoyed walking through the area, eating foods like yam pie (or something like), Octopus balls, and something like that as well, and other stuff.


Posted by DavidPearlman 15:41 Archived in Japan

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