Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
There was an option to take a morning hike to this waterfall before heading to the next segment of the trail. Because I didn't take the planned hike the day before, I felt a need to do this. Though it was rainy the day before, this day was gorgeous and clear, so I decided to take this option. My companions chose not to, which was fine. They spent the day in the town, as we did the day before.
Here was the beautiful breakfast. And there I am, waving sayonara to my tomodachis.
It was not easy, lots of steep climbs, but it seems as if someone checks on the trail. There was a tree that had fallen over the path, but a slice was cut so that one can easily walk over. It was so peaceful and serene, and I never ran into another human being the whole time I was on the trail. This is what is meant by "forest bathing." I heard there is a Japanese word for this practice, and I so believe it is therapy.
Our little living room. On the opposite side of this room was the sleeping room. While we were eating dinner, they laid out the futons for us.
This was the best meal of our three nights. The hosts were so nice and such good cooks. They really gave us a treat: fresh fish, tempura, sashimi, shabu-shabu, and more!
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.