Day 2: checked out of Granvia, the main purpose of our visit (Lauren!) arrived, and we made our way down to her town, Yakage, together– via progressively smaller trains!
I made up for my 622 photos yesterday, by taking about 7 today.
Sunnier today, at least to start with:
We picked up snacks for the upcoming train travel – but did not purchase what is clearly a Spaghetti Hot Dog, but Lauren haughtily called a ‘noodle sandwich’:
Humorous side note: I recently had to (finally) update my phone iOS to the new version. Apparently, among other new features, it parses ones’ photos and creates a few types of “smart albums”– including one called ‘Selfies’. (ugh! A least favorite word- up there with veggies!)
It was on above mentioned bullet train I found said auto-curated album on my phone:
We transferred from the bullet train to a non-bullet train headed to Okiyama. Again, no photos. It was super rush hour! Standing room only, but met a lovely older woman who wanted to practice her conversational English. She described her visit to America, including the Wonders of Graceland, and Yosemite. She traveled across the US on (!) Greyhound and some Amtrack. I can’t imagine the sense of contrast between her transportation experience there and ours here! The Memphis (or any) Greyhound station alone must make for a fascinating page in her trip album.
In Okiyama, we transferred to Lauren’s ‘local train’ – one car long.
We commenced our wheeling suitcase parade for a ten minute walk through swirling snow and tiny streets to our AWESOME Inn – which I’ll post/take way too many photos of tomorrow.
Yakage-ya InnOur room is this one:
After settling in, and familiarizing ourselves with the wide range of footwear (wood slippers, slippers slippers, bathroom slippers), we headed back into the snow to walk to dinner at an amazing Pancake-type food restaurant , which if this were an educational type blog, I would put the actual name of.
Tomorrow: while Lauren’s at work, Paul and I will explore Lauren’s little town and go to another nearby town!