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Day 2 & 3- Yosh!

The Gold Temple, Ninanji, Ryoanji, Nijo Castle, video game arcades, and vending machines.

5 °C

Konnichiwa! Here's the latest news report live from Kyoto Japan :)

Last night we went to a ramen restaurant. The staff in there were very excited to see us. They were really animated and were yelling things like "YOSH!" every time an order was ready. The ramen was tasty and the locals were heard in the background slurping it up enthusiastically. After that we returned back to the hostel and to our surprise the staff were holding a free cooking lesson for us. We made Brazillian chocolate balls. Matt's turned out to be the favourite when one of the girls picked his first (only because it was epic) and he made an huge mess. Unlucky Jeff...

It's late so I'll give you guys the cliff notes on what we've done so far:

-We've rented bicycles to travel to/from the train station.
-It's bloody cold. About 5 degrees average.
-Scarves and beanies are awesome!
-We've seen many castles, temples, and shrines. Kyoto has so much history.
-The Kyoto train station is HUGE. There is a department store built on top of the train station with about 12 floors in it.
-We've walked many miles in our shoes. We're going to be athletes at the end of this trip!
-Vending machines are on every corner on every street. You can get beer, soup, coffee, and over 9000 different soft drink flavours.
-I get to practice my small knowledge of Japanese language. The locals really appreciate it and are surprised when they hear it.
-Today we went to a video game arcade. It was like Disney Land. More games than you can imagine and of every variety.
-I don't think there will be any food left here when Jeff is finished
-7/11 the convenience store is awesome for snacks. You can buy anything in there.
-Oscar is struggling with the bicycle going up hills
-Jeff is make us wait all the time when he goes shopping
-Matt is loving the price of cheap of beer and cigarettes
-And I'm mad at the arcade games for taking my money! I've been trying to win One-Piece figurines. No success yet :(

Sorry guys no photos yet but if we get some time tonight we'll post them up.

Posted by Phalanx 00:54 Archived in Japan

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