They are white, sleek, long and fast and they keep coming and going every few minutes. I’m in Kyoto, sitting on the roof terrace of the train station, looking at the Japanese bullet trains efficiently stationing down below. Unfortunately that high-tech fast train is outside the budget for this trip, so I’m waiting for the nightbus that will put me in Tokyo 11h from now. Mind you, 11h is about the time it takes to fly from Amsterdam to Tokyo.
Weird idea to travel 6.5 months and then suddenly to arrive. It’s been good, it’s been bad, it was definitely worth it. Although I will still travel for the next month and a half it feels like my trip is ending tomorrow. I left the Netherlands without visas (too little planning), hitch-hiking by myself and without a tent (on purpose; no easy backup plan). My big plan scared me, as any big plan should, but along the way I learned, grew and tried to put myself in lots of situations that I felt uneasy about.
A big and simple goal not only steers you, it also makes it easy for other people to relate to you and help you out. I’m grateful to all that helped me along the way, providing me with food, shelter, transportation and a helping hand.
I was surprised to see how much attention this blog received, and would like to thank you all for the nice responses and words of encouragement.
Alas, let me show you something of Tokyo.
We ended up in the middle between three of these shrines…
The most famous pedestrian crossing in Tokyo: Shibuya crossing. This is not even rush hour yet…
Japanese remote controlled toilets; the most sophisticated one I encountered had a remote with 42 buttons!