2010 04 11 - Nagasaki day 1
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I really felt good aftergetting all those rides the day before and hoped I could reach Nagasaki by night and find a hostel or another park there. Waking up in a Japanese park is perfect when camping. There is always a toilet, including mirrors so you can shave and fix your hair. Looking clean and healthy is always good when asking someone to take you with him.
The first lift didn't take very long. A short walk to a medium road and I was picked up by a couple that just came back from exercising. They drove me to their house in Kokurakita and then told me to wait. A few minutes later they were both changed into clean clothes and told me they would go shopping in Fukuoka, about 1/3 of where I wanted to go today.
Just before Fukuoka they dropped me of on the highway where I got another ride almost immediately to Saga by a buddhist-dressed man and his friend. And from Saga I got another ride by a powerplant engineer that drove me to Nagasaki in his minitruck. 3 rides, not even 4 hours and about 250 km past is just amazing. These are the blessings of the highway that work on an electronic gate system that automatically charges you while you drive through them. If you don't want to pay you can simply drive right next to the highway all the time, but 15 meters lower where the maximum speed is about 70, traffic lights and junctions are everywhere and... well, it is free. It really is the FREEway vs the HIGHway system.
During the hitchhiking I try to learn some Japanese which is really a necessity.
Because it was going to rain badly and I wanted to have some internet again I found a really cheap youth hostel that was abondened except for a young divorced mother and her daughter that were going to meet her boyfriend/new-father and obviously couldn't stay at his house already. I left my bag and started sightseeing.
Nagasaki has a very rich history as the only trading port with the outside world. Portugal was there main trading partner, but because the Portugese were converting people to Christianity and Christianity got forbidden the Portugese were exchanged for the Dutch who were just as Christian, but didn't try to spread their religion.
I realised that I was addicted to FaceBook when I went to sleep in the hostel at 5 again. That is when I just turned of the chat and let everyone know I wouldn't be online very often anymore.