We moved out of the Route Inn this morning to go to the Washington Hotel. This hotel has a Japanese style room. There is an open bedroom with three futons on tatami mats, a small dining room, a toilet, a bathroom and a sink area with a refrigerator. Every morning the cleaners will fold up the futon and put them out again at night. It is a luxury compared to the teeny shoebox of a room Dave and I shared for two weeks!! I hope my back will be fine tomorrow for the futon is pretty thin.
We rented three bikes from the train station this morning and it was so much fun! I wished i had known about the rental program; I would have rented one these last couple of weeks. Besides Japanese school girls in mini skirts and black knee highs, women in high heels and men in suits plus school boys all ride these silver colored bikes, the likes of which you would never see in Truckee. There’s a plastic basket in the front and it has three gears plus a light for night riding. Then there’s me with my Louis Vuitton bag in the basket, peddle pusher pants and my purple New York sweat shirt. Lucy does not want to bring her mountain bike to Sapporo because she does not want to appear different so we will be buying her one of these silvered colored bikes
Well, we did the rounds of 7 Elevens because Dave was in search of a coffee fix. According to him no one makes good coffee here but the coffe that came from the 7 Eleven coffee machine is better than most. But the problem was that not all 7 Elevens have the coffee machine so we found out. We must have gone to 7 or 8.
He never did get his coffee until we got to the palace, where he bought a cup for 200 yen. His verdict – not a good cup at all. No one lives in the palace – it was first built in the 14th century and then throughout history it was built and rebuilt by different samurai leaders. The latest samurai to built it was Tom Cruise…wasn’t he the last Samurai?..just kidding!
We had lunch at the Hokkaido restaurant – tempura, some sushi, fried chicken pieces, fried whole fish – yummy!
Right now Lucy has crashed on the futon while Dave is watching Formula car racing from his sling box. I love that sling box!!
Tomorrow, Lucy and I will be going to Tokyo. Our main agenda will be to meet with the company’s relocation person and she will take us to choose some rental furniture for our apartment. Then, Lucy wants to go sight seeing. I have no idea how I am going to manouveure (?) ourselves through the subway system but Liza says it is easy.
We also got to get some cash for the trip. No one takes credit card. I hate it!! We always have to have a big wad of cash. I have it down pat asking if they take credit card in Japanese but no one does.
I did mention how clean it is over here, did I not? but it is so difficult to find a garbage bin! There’s more 7 Eleven then garbage bins! And talking about garbage, one cannot leave garbage out the night before collection day because the crows would peck the plastic bag to bits – the crows here are so huge! So Japan has the crows, the Tower of London in England has the ravens, the Vatican has the pidgeons and Truckee…has the bears..? ah well, I am just rambling!