10.11.2009 - 10.11.2009
We both awoke to muscles protesting loudly to the punishment we'd subjected them to the day before. Before this trip the most exercise i'd been subjected to was the steep (but short) hill on the way to thai restaurant near work. In any case it does feel good getting amongst it and waking this tired body up and it surely must also be doing the blood clot a world of good too! Though it will be a lot easier once I shake this cold. Thankfully the cough is gone and now it's just a runny nose I have to worry about.
There's not really that much to do in Okayama, our plan was to use it as a base for short day trips but one of them was put in the too hard basket due to the infrequency of the public transport to it. So the first day we decided to go see the famous Korakuen garden which apparently is rated one of the best in Japan.
Not really much to say about this sort of thing so I'll leave it to the pictures.
Once we had finished in the garden we decided to check out the castle. (yes they also have a castle). It's a castle that was rebuilt in the 1950's and wasn't as impressive as himeji. In the end we decided to just be happy with a look from the outside and skip going inside. Also I had a feeling the princess was still in another castle.
So the only thing left to do for the day was go see something Vanessa wanted to see, the Yumeji art museum. Suffice to say once inside I had a cursory look at each of the paintings before finding a nice comfy couch to read my book from while Vanessa looked at everything in far more detail than my attention span can handle.
Once that was done it was time to hit the hotel and spend the rest of the day chilling. We just read our books and watched some more dexter on the netbook to recharge our batteries.