Kobe Travel Blog› entry 13 of 14 › view all entries
December 26th, 2004 – by: bcbusdriver
Ironically the reason we went to Kobe was to check the museum of the huge earthquake that had happened many years ago. I was some what disappointed as the museum really was only a wharf that had fallen into the harbour and had been left alone over the years. So after quickly viewing this display we decided to explore and walked towards a hilly part of the city that was known to be home to many westerners. We found a nice large English style pub that had CNN on theTV and for the first time we saw photos of what was happening in several countries after the earthquake caused the huge tsunami. Of course it took days and even weeks until we really knew all the damage that had happened but it was strange to only be a few hundred meters from a older disaster sight and see a new one on the TV. It was also the day I decided I wanted to visit Thailand and more specifically the Phuket region (I will be there in April 2008).
Kobe was a nice city that I would have enjoyed if not for the world events. After seeing the news stories from all the effected regions it sort of but a damper on the day. We did so some more exploring and found some interesting homes on very narrow and hilly streets but all I remember is seeing those tourist filmed shots of the tsunami coming up the Phuket beach and wiping out everything in it's path.
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