18.04.2013 24 °C
It's great, we had a late checkout at noon! This meant a more leisurely start and breakfast at Starbucks nearby. Though Paul made use of the hotel breakfast vouchers by getting take away beverages to have in the room while we got ready.
We got ready, packed the bags and left them at reception. From 11am until 6pm, we looked around the surrounds of the hotel. It consists of shops, alley of shops, arcades, boutiques, malls, shopping centres and .... Shops. No open green space to relax, no museum or gallery. There's a Catholic Church next door and offices. So we browsed and shopped and had lunch. You can only do that for a little while. It all started to look the same.... The ladies fashion is ultra girlie. All frills, pastels, lace, pearls and that kind of thing. So very me. NOT... Therefore that was easily avoided. However, dangerous territory is the shop that sells stationery, household goods, furnishings and food. Not coincidentally these are the shops that we are both interested in and spent most time (and some money). The endless variety, the extensive range, the good value.... It is amazing here. Osaka is the place to shop for sure! But knowing the modest size of our home, and my dislike of waste and the existence products that are really actually unnecessary, I consider that I was not led into temptation and was delivered from the evil of consumerism. I have not needed to use the expansion zip on my suitcase!
As a result, today there is nothing exciting to report. We have seen some funny signs, t-shirts, shop names and people. The weather was optimal and we have just enough money for a taxi and some supper at the airport. We have an hour's train ride after the taxi to get to Kansai airport, but that is on the JR train pass.
Good bye Japan! We had a fabulous time and we learnt a lot. It is time to go home, eat fruit which will be more plentiful but less sweet and gorgeous, time to go to work and gradually have holiday memories fade away. Time to get back into a routine of exercise and healthy eating. Time to plan the next trip!
Over and out.