Adventurer, Writer, Couch Potato.
It is cold, it is wet, but it is awesome!
I arrived at Chitose airport on Japan’s top island of Hokkaido at around 6:00pm last night and decided I would try my luck getting a bus to Sapporo station and walk to my hotel from there. I purchased a bus ticket and was directed outside to the bus stop. Little did I know that there were so many different buses going to so many different parts of Sapporo and no one to help me get on the right one so I left that plan and headed for the taxi rank. It was about $120 AUD but dropped me right at the hotel so was worth it.
Once checked in I cleaned myself up and headed out for somewhere to eat. I went into a Paseo shopping center and found an Irish pub. So I decided to check it out and see what their take is. It was a cosy place and was full of people so I stood at the bar and ordered a Sapporo. As I was taking in the atmosphere and still being amazed that I am actually here I was invited to a table with some Japanese people to have a drink with them. I don’t speak Japanese apart from hello and goodbye but they spoke a little English so we communicated well enough. They taught me a few phrases but I tried them again today and got strange looks so I’ll have to ask someone again one day what I actually said.
After a few Sapporo’s we said our goodbyes and I headed back to the hotel. Realizing I was still hungry as I had not eaten I stopped off at a 7-11 and got some sushi and coke. Delicious!
This morning I was woken at 9:30am by my door trying to be broken into by housekeepers. I attempted to tell them I did not need my room cleaned but it was futile. It was like a scene in “Rush Hour 2” when Chris Tucker’s character James Carter is trying to explain to the lady not to chop the chickens head off (and yes I know the film is set in China but you get the point).
It was good they woke me because I could have slept until at least lunch time. I did not want to spend my time here sleeping so I got dressed and headed out. I needed to get another power adapter because the one I brought with me won’t power my laptop. I decided to head down the opposite way I went last night and stumbled upon a little wine and food festival happening. So I sat at a communal table and had some seafood noodles. After some failed attempts at trying to have conversations with people I finished my meal and headed for a shopping district to find my item. Little did I know the shopping district was huge and spanned for blocks so I was walking around for a couple hours checking things out until I found what I was looking for.
On the way back to the hotel I was near the Sapporo TV Tower so I went to the observation deck and had a look at the amazing view of the whole city and the mountains that I will be heading for tomorrow.
Now I am sitting in my hotel room watching TV and snacking on some delicious seaweed flavoured chips. Shortly I will be going over my pack and charging all my gear to begin my walking tomorrow. I will keep you updated next time I have internet.
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