Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
We had a nice breakfast (forgot to take a picture) and then we were off. We walked the forty or so minutes to get to the village of Tsumago but it was too early for any of the stores to be open, so we walked through and enjoyed the feel of this quaint town.
Our host made sure we had our picture taken before we left, and then we had to get one with him in it. Very nice host and even got us some strong tape for Sherry to bind her broken shoe.
We came to a crossroads where we needed to decide whether to go on the planned route, or take the train to our next village. It was a no-brainer for them. We had already walked about two hours and the trail would mean we’d be walking another 5. I was conflicted, wanted to stick with the plan, but because of the weather, I decided to take the train with them.
We were greeted at the Kiso-Fukushima train station by this robot. The street scene on the right is what you see when you exit the station. We were early, even for lunch, so walked around a little to look at our options, and settled on this ramen shop, which was our first experience ordering via a vending machine.
We were still early for check-in, so explored the town, found a shoe store for Sherry, and checked out other sites, like a graveyard, an art museum, and a garden. Best part was finding this public foot bath.
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.