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I woke up this morning grateful to have utilized the Hot Springs bath last night! My shoulders didnâ€™t hurt nearly as much as they had yesterday after carrying around my heavy backpack. Breakfast was good and gave me enough fuel to get through another day!
We started off with bad luck this morning as we accidently hopped the wrong bus! We were going in the completely wrong direction! This problem was fixed quickly however as we got off the bus and got onto a train which took us to where we wanted to go, the boiling valley.
Whilst wandering around the boiling valley area we came across a Japanese superstition that intrigued us. Apparently if you eat one of the eggs that were hard boiled in the natural hot spring (which turns the shell of the egg black!) you would have seven years added to your longevity. Never ones to pass up adding seven years of health to our lives, we partook in the ritual. All superstitions aside that was probably one of the best tasting hard boiled eggs Iâ€™ve ever had!
We finished up with the activities in the valley and rode the gondola further down to the giant lake where we were to rideâ€¦A pirate ship?!?! I thought it was hilarious to be on a sightseeing tour in Japan, practically in the shadow of Mount Fuji, and be riding a ship fashioned to be a pirate vessel! Stranger things Iâ€™m sure, but this was one to remember.
Eventually we had to get off the pirate ship, much to the disappointment of all Iâ€™m sure, and we returned to the Guesthouse. The return trip was much shorter as all we had to do was take a bus! By the time we got back, we were all hungry so we mulled over the restaurant choices and finally decided on one that looked good. Unfortunately, we neglected to take into account opening and closing times and walked all the way into town only to discover the place we wanted to go to was closed! Thinking maybe it would open at five thirty, we decided to kill some time and wander around.
Our restaurant still wasnâ€™t open, so we decided to give up on it and made our way back to the guesthouse, hoping to find somewhere else to eat along the way and eventually me and Nadean settled on these little things of instant rice! Two minutes in the microwave and youâ€™ve got food! I thought it was a really great little invention and I hope I can find them back in the states because they tasted as if theyâ€™d been made the hard way! We had to ask one of the girls working at the guesthouse for chopsticks and Soy sauce and she asked us what we needed the Soy sauce for, thinking we must be cooking something else besides just the rice.
After dinner the girls once again occupied the hot springs bath. I had also taken a bath in the individual indoor one earlierâ€”which was extremely nice! I want one in my house! Haha! Tonight the outdoors one didnâ€™t seem quite as hot which was a good thing, and we all really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere.
My allergies (Iâ€™m allergic to guesthouses I think because it was the same story whenever I stayed in a bed and breakfast in Ireland, but at hotels Iâ€™m fine!) got the best of me tonight, and all I wanted to do was go to bed after getting out of the hot springs. Itâ€™s hard to have allergies in Japan because itâ€™s rude to blow your nose in public! I thought earlier today that maybe I should get myself a hygienic mask! Despite this, it will be a sad parting in the morning when we leave Hakone and head for Kyoto.