2010 04 12 - Nagasaki day 2
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After waking up early in the "youth" hostel I was forbidden to take a shower because 8:30 had already past. So I just packed and went to the other side of Nagasaki where, just as in Hiroshima, there was a Peace museum, Peace Park and Peace Statue(s). But unlike Hiroshima there was no message of hope, love and peace. The whole message of the museam focussed much more on the destruction of the city, immediate and radiation-related deaths and the continuous atomic thread that the world is still facing. They even had a very impressive list of all nuclear testing AND errors/disasters that have occured since WW2. Fortunately there was also some hope in the form of the word "Obamajority". That word is now used to indicate that the majority of people agree with Obama's call to remove all nuclear weapons by 2020.
Then it was time to leave the South-West of Japan and move North-East. I figured I would be lucky if I would make it to Moji/Shimonoseki again but wanted to see more of the region so I avoided the highway this time. That resulted in several smaller lifts that only took me about 50 km in total. The first lift brought me to Isahaya and was with a frenchspeaking amateur photographer/old student that had been to France and Egypt.
I was planning on continuing to hitchhike but the invited me to stay with them for the evening. We had a lot of fun and a learned a lot about Japan while they learned a lot about Europe. The man spoke English quite well and told me he had been to Portugal a long time ago. That is where he had gotten his emailaddress email@example.com. Nobody told him it was Lisboa (Lissabon) for the last 12 years! I was invited for breakfast, but spent the night outside in my tent on a childrens playground.