2006年08月25日

No alarms and no surprises??

From the southern island to up north-now I am in Warsaw, Poland.
Connections for other cities outside this country was not so great so I had to spend almost a day here just to wait till my bus to Riga.
Warsaw, the city I did not even plan to stay for more than a few hours, ended up being one of the nicest city I've come across for this trip.
People are nice in the first place and thank god, most people understand basic English.I only know three words in Polish but have no major plobs so far-it tells you something,huh?
The so-called old town, which is in fact not that old since it needed to be totally renovated after the war, was the most fairly-talish town I've ever known.It is so artificially cute.
Things are relatively cheap, trams have really 60s lookings but the capitalistic development of the city centre is unbelievable (well of course I should not go back to 20 years ago). Skyscrapers are everywhere except for the old town and beautiful univercity area. It is not well-balanced I would say.It is a shame I can't post photos here.
Talking of the skyscrapers, I saw a really ugly skyscraper jungle in Naples, and later I found out that was designed by Japanese architect.I mean, the buildings were fine but they obviously lacked some passion to be fit in Naples.

I do not have enough time to talk about Pompeii, Capri, and Vienna.
All these places had real characteristics and I enjoyed all of them.When I get back, I may report about them wyth photos.

The major concern ahead is that I could not book the ticket to Vladivostok in the end, so I have to try my luck in Moscow with no Russian.I always keep my stupid small pride to do anything, but for this one, I am ready to do anything to go back to Japan by train.I am fully determined. I would cry in the station casher.Well, I am not sure it works for the Russian but I will make it.

Please keep your fingers crossed everyone.
I will let you know after I fight in Moscow just before my departure for great Siberia.

Okay, I should go now. I don't have any more time to waste.Phew,again.

see you soon,

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2006年08月15日

Sunshine,sunshine.

Phew, where to start?
First thing's first, now I am in Portici, Italy. A small town nearby Naples(Napoli).

A week ago, I left Britain for good and flew to see my friend as the start of a long journey to go back home.
This is supporsed to be a closure of my student life-I have no idea for my future life though, I reckon I may be settled down in Japan and will be no more time for a month holiday.

Today, the third day in this Naple-area, I made no plan or whatsoever.
It is quite unusual for me who loves planning of any sorts.
I decided to walk to mare (the ocean), not for swimming, just to have a look.
After 20 mins, I ended up being in the next town, didn't get to the beach yet.Nothing to do, so decided to draw a picture of "Ape"-the tricycle bike, which is quite popular in the South Italy.
Too much sunshine,sweating all over, and obviously my painting is awful.Several friendly local guys were checking it out, started to talk to me in a good mood.
It was actually the first time to feel this kind of nice warmth since I separated myself from my Italian friends.YES, I have been really fed up (already!!) with the atomosphere in the area til this morning.
Maybe the fact I was wearing a new vivid orange top made me better mixed with locals.

A conversation with the guys gave me some kind of strength, which was enough to let myself get lost in town.
I wandered for a few hours, got to the beach in the course of it, and ended up feeling much "connected".
It is a good sign, considering I will stay in Italy nearly a week more by myself.

The lonliness I had was crazy enough to make me crave for Russia, surprise surprise!
I really missed (still miss) the Northern people's, including of course the British, comfortable "detouchedness" (I have no idea this word exists or not!).I do not or at least did not feel this much isolated in unfamiliar cities in Britain or other cities in North Europe but it kills me here.
I knew I am naive but didn't realise I am so out of this culture.
I am here only to realise I am total bloody Japanese, and am a bit happy for that.Isn't it sad?Or not??

Well, after this morning's stroll, I feel a bit better, better enough to smile at people, and to continue this journey.
Tomorrow is Pompeii,it will be great!

One last thing-I have realised that all the smokers must be lonely people, since I crave for one so much right now.

Well, good night and good morning to everyone.
Have a nice day or...well have a nice laugh at least once a day.

see you soon,
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