Asia | Japan | Kyoto – Mobile
Made it to the end of another day. We are now at the UNO hostel. Quite different from a hotel. It is more like a boarding house, and there are dorm rooms and private rooms. Everyone is from somewhere which is usually the case but you get a few more characters with the stories attached. The other thing is that it is much cheaper, fifteen dollars a night. So here I am sleeping in a room with four other stangers, only one of whom is here now. He is a doctor, or I should restate that, he is in his last year at medical school. He is from Australia, and his sister who is sleeping in the dorm room upstairs, is also in her last year at medical school. Like I said, everyone has a story, you dont know which ones to believe and which ones to throw out the door. It is cool though, and pretty interesting. I am pretty well adjusted to people, so it is easy for me to start conversation and get adjusted to sleeping in a room with other people. I think a couple of days in any jail or penitentiary can solve those social stigmas. I guess a couple people here and there are out late tonight, and we might be also if it werent for the fact that it is next to impossible for me to get in and out of this place. The door ways are all smaller than the chair, so I have spent most of the night sliding around on the floor. That is alright though, it makes it interesting. So we spent the day with Macintosh Mac, and his friend who is a girl, but not his girlfriend. He was one of the people that spent the night at the bar the other night. So we went out to a really great authentic Japanese restaurant, and ate udon noodles. That and some tempura and some other stuff. Here I am on vacation in Japan, and not really taking the time to really describe what I was eating. Really appreciating the experiences that I am having. We had noodles and tempura, and really that is all that I can remember right now. The rest of the day we spent hanging out at the mall, yeah the mall, crazy huh? It wasnt even really the mall, it was more of a giant indoor shopping center. We looked at a bunch of the latest Japanese tech toys, and really it wasnt all that different from looking at all the Japanese tech toys in any other mall anywhere in the world. It was all really expensive still. I thought I was going to be getting some kind of great discount seeing as how I am in Japan, but nooooo. So then we went to play with the computers and Mac showed us his art. He got onto photoshop and started whipping up some stuff that was just amazing. In fifteen minutes he had made this three dimensional looking thing that was all crazy electric and had bubbles floating in it. It was really cool how he just started whipping through files and doing this or that until it looked like something. He was really cool, and I do hope to see him again sometime. I am working on computers, and if I am able to stick with it, and if I am able to remain the least bit diciplined and get some practice with my Japanese, maybe our paths will cross again. He is a cool Japanese animator guy. Ive got his email and I see us staying in contact with each other, so we shall see where our relationship goes. It is funny how when you are traveling, you meet these people, and share this time, and think that your relationships are going to be for longer than what they are, but then when you dont see that person ever again, and forget about the entire experience, what have you learned then. That time is fleeting, and to enjoy the moment, yes, but there is more. You need to know that each moment with these people could be your last, and that you need to treat it that way. Not that you may die, or they may die, just that you might not get the opportunity to share some time together. Touching, isnt it. I am trying to be all sappy and sentimental tonight. There is a little kerosene or gas furnace burning over there in the corner, and it is starting to hear my toes, but I also have this little draft blowing across the back of my neck, and that makes it a little on the not so warm side. I would imagine when we pack the rest of the bodies in here there is going to be enough warmth to at least last the night.
I moved over here closer to the little kerosene heater. I would like to spend a little bit of time, or even a lot of bit of time in front of a giant open fire. Any fire when it is cold outside is indeed a good fire. Those big flames dancing around are more interesting than television. The rest of the night tonight, other than an hour hike (in which the Lonely Planet Guide said a ten minute walk) to get here, was filled with Tony killing me in chess, even after he started drinking. In fact, after he started drinking, he beat me one game in like, say, tem moves. It was really sad. I think the tournament is up to six games to nine. I have enjoyed traveling with Tony. He is the type of person that is easy to get along with, and I believe that I am one of those people also, so together we make a pretty good team. It is strange, I have known him for quite some time now, and just today he was telling me that he has been to London four or five times, and Paris four times, and has gone here and there, and started spitting out stories about going through customs and different traveling experiences. You think you know somebody, and then they tell you something that completely changes your perspective on them. He hasnt really set me loose with any mind-boggling information, and for that reason I feel that I know him pretty well. Most people here at the hostel are here with their girlfriends, and I guess in that one case there sister, but it is rare to find two thirty year olds, tromping around on some countdown to the epiphany expedition. That was his little song that he had made up the other day. I am talking about him so much right now because I am not really into writing about myself right now. But I will force myself anyway. I am happy, I love to travel. I love to meet new people. I love to put myself into situations that I am force to push myself to overcome. I love to pray and find peace in the midsts of chaos. I love Japan, and the wonderful people I have met so far.