Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Unexpected Trip

This past Sunday, with Angelica still in town, we decided to go for a ride on the train. We had no destination in mind, we just wanted to see the countryside. So, we each bought the cheapest ticket and had an open plan to see if we could ride the train to the end, then just hop a train back to town. About a half hour into to our journey, they started to punch tickets! (which we have rarely seen before in Japan) So, we had to get off at the next stop and turn around. But the time between our stop and the next train was about an hour and 15 minutes. I never thought that I would ever be in a place such as Inotani. It is a completely random stop on the train line that runs between Takayama and Toyama on the northwest coast. It is a town of only a handful of buildings with a beautiful river along it's far side. We went for a walk around the town, then waited in the vacant one room station for awhile. Then we saw a rainbow! We kept ourselves entertained and sipped on vending machine coffee till our train came. 

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