Tokyo-Taipei (well actually it’s Tokyo – Osaka – Shanghai – Guangzhou – Hong Kong – Taipei… phew!) – UPDATEDSunday, May 28th, 2006
Well, I said some sad goodbyes in Tokyo. I am not sure when I will see anyone again. Saya and Dom – good luck with the weddings… yes it’s not a typo – did mean weddings… there are more than one… Well it’s a cross-cultural union – you have to include everybody!
And to Minami – Good luck with everything, and thanks for everything too…
I seem to find myself here in Shanghai… The crossing was fine and quite smooth. Not so much fun without Craig and Victoria though or the team of identically shell-suit clad, Chinese team of some sort of sport (one thing is for sure they weren’t the national table-tennis team – they were terrible at it!). If you guys are reading… I missed you!
It’s still an entertaining voyage though: Mr Bean showing after 9.45pm, the table tennis table at reception, the Japanese-style bath and 2nd-class sleeping arrangements, the free breakfast, the haunting sound of the staff’s after-hours karaoke in the bar, and the feeling even 4 days after you get off that you are still on board! Woah… there I go again. Hope it didn’t last too long for Craig and Victoria – it took me about 4 days to get my land-legs last time!
I can feel China in my lungs again… splutter, splutter. I had a pleasant walk round today to a park near HuiHai… lots of people seem to be in their pijamas today, it must be a Shanghai Sunday thing. There was lots going on in the park: singing and playing music, fitness machines put to good use, ear-piercing and Chinese chess.
I also saw 6 people from the boat today by chance, 4 of which are in the same hostel as me… It’s a small world after-all…. And I met up with the girl I shared a room with when I was last in Shanghai… well she didn’t leave here at all… she was job searching then, and found a job and apartment searching now.
I leave for Hong Kong on an overnight train tomorrow morning, one night there and then I fly to Taipei… I’ll update this entry when I get further on. Will get some last photos of Japan on too. I’ll also make an entry for one of the main reasons I was in Tokyo… Hino Sensei’s Martial Arts classes!! ooh they were good!!
Over for now…
As promised, here are some last moments from Japan…
Catch me up in Taipei.