I left Sapporo for Osaka last Tuesday. It took forever. LIke an insane amount of time. I had to check out of my Airbnb at 10am so headed straight to the airport then my flight was delayed. Finally got to Kansai airport and had to deal with being at the shitty Peach terminal. Then I got to my Osaka apartment, after getting lost and then more lost. My location on Google maps kept moving around like a crazy thing so I had no idea where I was. to make it worse, it was pissing down with rain and the woman had given me no directions, not even which gate to use at the station.
I was about to give up when a drunken old man came to my rescue. He took me to the police box and one of the police officers guided me to the apartment, getting rid of the old man before he got to frisky.
Then it got worse. The door code for the apartment wouldn't work. I rang the woman and she had some idea that I was at her apartment in Kyoto not Osaka and wouldn't answer my questions about the lock, just kept asking me stupid questions. It got a bit heted and I was ready to pick up my bags and go to hotel. Then the people in the next falt came out and got involved, telling me I couldn't make noise on the landing (which was a bit rich considering the noise I've heard since I've been here).
Anyway, I finally got in and got it sorted. All up, it was over 12 hours from leaving my apartment in Sapporo to getting into my apartment in Osaka. I was NOT happy.
So, what have I done since I got here? Not a helluva lot. I've been trying to find somewhere to work since I only have a bed and coffee table in my apartment and that doesn't make for a healthy back. I checked out one cafe on a recommended list but it was full of "yummy mummies" and screaming kids!
On Friday, I went sightseeing. A few years back, I made a list of Sakamoto Ryoma related sites I wanted to go to. Then I got hungover and skipped everything in Kyoto. A year later, I checked off more of my list but still skipped Kyoto.
In the interests of completionism, I headed to Kyoto.
On the way, I stopped off at the Teradaya Inn. This was the place Sakamoto Ryoma stayed. He was ambushed by the Shinsengumi and his wife-to-be ran naked from the bathtub to warn him. He then fought them off single-handed.
After that, I went for a wander along the river before hitting Kyoto.
I was in Kyoto for all of 30 seconds when I remembered why I'd skipped it twice. OMG, the rudeness of people in Kyoto. I preserved though and made it to the Sakamoto Ryoma grave as well as the Bakamatsu museum (*yawn* same as every other Bakumatsu museum) and then the Sakamoto statue in the park.
I ended up having a creepy old man follow me around the cemetery, ranting to me about Bakumatsu history in Japanese. I have never walked as fast as I left that place.
After a weekend of working, I went looking for a good work spot today but got waylaid by a 3 hour karaoke deal then shopping. Oh and some okonomiyaki because it is Osaka.
I will never have to go to Kyoto again in my life and that makes me incredibly happy.