I ate at McDonald. I thought I’d get that out of the way straight up so you can laugh at me quickly and read about the rest of my day which was culturally responsible.
I was so tired after hours and hours of walking that I just wanted a big fat salty bite of a burger, haha.
Yesterday I didn’t go to bed too late, around 11, but this morning I was up at 6AM. Breakfast wasn’t much, so today I bought my own to have breakfast myself tomorrow. I left for Ueno at around half past 9. It’s very close to the hostel and because I don’t trust myself and that crazy subway, I chose an activity that could be reached with a direct line and just 3 stops.
In Ueno, you’ll find a huge park next to the mega-busy city and in the park you can find all musea, statues, temples and even a ZOO.
With a discount card from a booklet from the hostel, I just paid 480 Yen, which is exactly 3 euro 23 cent. Mom, I take it back, that calculator you gave me is handy after all!
And for that money you can’t even draw a panda yourself, so I went out to explore it all.
Ueno ZOO, Tokyo
Ueno Zoo is a lovely park, with a monorail (that I jumped into right away, of course) and many crazy animals you cannot find at home (kangaroos, many amazing birds, crane birds, emu’s etc.), but of course I went straight for the pandas!
Well… take of that ‘s’ at the end, because there was only one and it was asleep. Haha, the joke was on me. At least the other animals were nice enough to care about me and it was a great day after all.
WORD OF THE DAY: kawai – cute
National Science Museum in Ueno
The weather today wasn’t great, very cloudy and rain every now and then. Still, it was 25 degrees Celsius (even at night now, it’s still 21) and so not too bad, except that I started to get bitten by mosquitos like crazy. They ate most of my legs, never felts anything like it. Ai!
During one of the rainstorms, I’ve been to the National Science Museum. If you’re ever around (haha), I can recommend this. Such a stunning museum! Check it out:
After the museum, I was so exhausted of walking (I’ll put on my step-counter tomorrow, just for fun) that I when back to the hostel for a nap after eating in that authentic restaurant with the big M above the door.
INSIGHT OF THE DAY: a ticket from the ZOO’s monorail won’t open the gates of the subway. Pfff… Nienke in wonderland.
That ‘just going for a nap’ became 6 tot 10 deep in the R.E.M. state and so it was dark when I emerged. After writing my travel journal, I’ve been into Ueno to soak up some atmosphere.
Now it’s 2AM, I”m not tired anymore (think that’s called jetlag), dus I decided to take the subway at 5AM (they start really early here) and visit the Tsukiji fishmarket. Seems to be really cool, so am curious to see it!
More information about UENO ZOO: www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ueno
More information about the National Science Museum: www.kahaku.go.jp
This blog originally appeared on www.nienkeinaustralie.blogspot.com – 6 September 2006
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