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Osaka Day 1

We are here and it is freaking freezing!
My teeth are trying to recede into my gums, it is so cold.
That thing you said about layering? Right on you guys.
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I thought it was going to be a challenge getting around because I’ve heard before that Japan is not an english-friendly country, but so far so good. Taking the train is super easy because the LED display and english announcements tell you which station you’re coming up on. We couldn’t figure out the ticket machine since everything was written in Japanese, but there was a ticket office not far and so we bought tickets from a real live person. It took about an hour to get to our station. I counted 7 7-Elevens, 3 McDonalds and a plethora or pachinko joints.
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The hotel is supposed to be three minutes on foot from our exit, but we went three minutes on foot in the wrong direction. When we walked as much as we could stand in the cold (it was close to 10:00 pm, so it was REALLY freezing) we hailed a cab but the cabbie didn’t know where our hotel was either. We ducked into a bakery to ask for directions, but the Japanese chef didn’t speak a lick of English. But get this: he asked me if we spoke french. A peu, I said. A little. He then gave me directions in FRENCH, and I totally understood! Wild!
We are having a fantastic adventure so far.

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3 Responses

  1. Cristina says:

    French? Are you sure you’re in Japan!!? 🙂
    Have a great time!

  2. vincenzo says:

    did i ever tell you about the all-nighter i spent in the Roponggi district there near Tokyo? hahaha, another thing we have to catch up on. i’m sure we’ll share Japan stories when i visit….be safe and have fun there.

  3. Brother says:

    Now that you’re there do you think you can steal me a Japanese license plate?

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