Monday, October 7, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Today couldn't have been lovelier. The winds have been quite high for a few days, but I woke up to a sunny morning dawning.
Took a walk in the morning, an then came home for a round of ukulele practice. I'm currently working on a version of Finlandia. It is very slowly starting to sound like music.
After that, I took my book to McDonald's and had breakfast. I love breakfast at Mac. I don't have it too often, but it's so nice when I do. Ah.
Then, I caught a bus bound north to Cape Soya. It was the best kind of trip - one where I struggle between treating myself to a delicious book or treating myself to the gorgeous sights sliding past my window. I usually end up with a happy medium.
The sea from my bus window.
I disembarked at Cape Soya, slung my backpack over my shoulders, and headed out. I decided to walk for a while to see what I could discover. I didn't find much, but I did wind up at Japan's northernmost post office.
I was tickled by the tourists in full-on down winter coats. Today was windy, but I think it was either in the upper 50's or lower 60's. Not that cold.
Here's ye olde monument.
After looking around and doing a little Christmas shopping, I retreated to the bus shelter.
As you can see, it looks like the monument. This shelter actually turned out to be quite brilliant, because I could sit in the front right window and enjoy my book and the scenery without the wind. I could even open the window without the wind blasting in.
This one is back on the bus heading home. The water was an amazing pale green color - so beautiful to watch.
By the time I got home, I was so tired. But I didn't want to waste valuable sunlight. Here in cloudy Hokkaido, sunshine is a precious commodity. So, I curled up in a sunny corner of the living room, read my book, and ate an amazing peach.
This is a seating corner that I made.
I waited around for a long time to catch the train headed out!
Finally, I ended the day with delicious sushi with my friends!
We had fun and ate a lot!
It was really a great Saturday! Tomorrow, I'm headed south to a school festival. Hope I can get up for the train!