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A Slow Boat to Japan: Day 2


We were woken unexpectedly early by an announcement at 7.30am, followed by a selection of music that included The Blue Danube and a tune that sounded suspiciously like one featured in Super Mario Galaxy. There was another annoucement at 8am to say that breakfast was being served. It was included in the price so we wanted to check it out. Unfortunately it consisted of cold, greasy noodles and some sweet and savoury dumplings. We went back to the cabin - and to sleep - straight afterwards, to be woken by the announcement at midday that lunch was being served.

The rest of the day passed quite quickly. Unable to change our yuan into yen at the ferry terminal, and unable to change it at all outside China, we had more money than we needed for meals, so headed to the shop to buy snacks and souvenirs. Clearly the boredom of a nearly empty ship was getting to the woman behind the desk - as we looked around she simply stared into the middle distance, tapping random numbers into the calculator in front of her.

As the day wore on the view of uninterrupted sea got more interesting as we passed some of Japan's islands. As the sun set we were treated to some stunning views.


Dinner wasn't expensive enough to use our remaining yuan, so there was only one option left - two glasses of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky. Kanpai!

Posted by shoestring 01:25 Archived in Japan Tagged osaka boat japan china shanghai ferry

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