Meeting up with Yasuyo in Osaka
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The bus is running pretty fast in the beginning but when we approach Osaka we get caught in traffic and we are no longer on time- I am a bit tense because I have agreed to meet Yasuyo at 7 and the bus is supposed to arrive just before 6 and the clock is ticking and I am getting to town still later. I am not sure where the bus is actually going in town but I hope it is at a station - and indeed it is going to
Finding the coin locker is not quite as easy as I had assumed it would be when I left my luggage this morning.
I keep semi running around the station looking for coin lockers - and suddenly I see a locker with number 2950 - I must be getting close - and there it is my coin locker.
I get to the hotel and I manage to check into my room and it is only ten to seven or there abouts. A couple of men working at the hotel takes me to my room - unfortunately one of them speaks a bit of English and finds it interesting to speak with a foreigner - and I really have not got the time for chitchat but I don’t know how to kick him and quickly. After what seems like an eternity - in reality it was probably about a minute - they leave my room.
I really need to leave right away if I am gonna get to the bridge at 7. But after the days hike I figure I better do a little test before leaving. I check the right armpit - yieks it stinks. Then the left armpit - it smells like something died in there. I definitely need a shower and a clean shirt before I can go out in public. I get a quick shower and some clean cloths and then I rush out the door - but I am running late by now it is already past 7 and I still have a 5 minutes’ walk to the bridge.
I get to the main bridge and fortunately Yasuyo is still waiting when I get there 10-15 minutes late. She is dressed in the traditional yukata and suddenly I feel a bit underdressed - but at least my shirt is clean. Then we are spotted by Christiaan I met in
After dinner we head out for a couple of drinks and we find a bar to have some beers and cocktails. And I get a change to extent my Japanese vocabulary with the word for a not too sweet drink. Unfortunately I never got the Japanese sign for it so it will be impossible to actually put it in writing.
After a good night it is getting a bit late - and in most of