Credit card all sorted. Took me ages to get through to the f***s and I acidentally hung up the first time I got through but all done now. Yet again they barred my card because they thought it was being used for fraud, they truly are dumb f***s and I was even polite yet again. Thanks for the money Craig or mum or whoever. The idiots actually let me go over my overdraft as well so lucky that was paid in, will pay back as soon as I am home.
Kyoto - Day Two
Last night I went to a bar called McLoughlins Irish bar. The McLoughlin in question was one Dougie McLoughlin who was drinking at the bar and turned out to be Scotish, what a sell out. Only had a few. Took a walking tour of Southern Higashiyama today which is the main sightseeing district in Kyoto. Lonely Planet suggested getting a bus to the starting point but being the grizzly I am I walked. The first stop was Kiyomizu-dera temple complex. The roads leading to it were packed with people. The Japanese really love their temples and shrines, hard to imagine people flocking to a cathedral in England. The main temple building was pretty impressive but it was hard to move with the hordes of people all around me. The Higashimaya area is in the hilly part of Kyoto so the temple offered stunning views of the city. The surronding hills were covered in trees and the autumn fiolage is really amzing to look at at the moment as I mentioned in my last blog. Lovely sunny day again, by far the best weather so far in Japan, nice that the sun has come out for my last week here. After the temple I headed down a couple of traditional Japanese streets called sannen zaka and ninen zaka which were lined with tea houses and souvenir shops. Funny how budhism is suppossed to be a religion which suns material goods and yet every temple seems to be selling something. Also headed down a little cobbled street filled with inns and restuarants, felt like going back in time. Next up was Kodai-ji, another temple/shine. Buddhist buildings are temples and shinto buildings are shrines or the other way around, they all look pretty much the same though. Kodai ji was more relaxed than kiyomizu dera. Although the buildings were less grand they were still impressive and a nice little walk way took you me up the hill past some smaller relgious buildings, the path was lined with bamboo groves and the sun coming through looked beautiful. After that I headed to Maruyama park and rested my legs. Some white guy was busking, I should really warn the Japanese before they get invaded. Too many white people in Kyoto, is it racist to be prejudice against your own race? Visited another, you guessed it, temple which had the largest bell in Japan. Headed back after to sort out my bloody credit card. Nice day but very busy. Forgot to say I also saw a Geisha, my first one. Considered asking her out on a date but my standards aare too high now taking into account the stunners I pulled in Japan. Eddie knows what I am talking about. Tomorrow I will check out northern higashimya and a couple of other areas. Might stay one more day after that but not sure. Havnt been booking ahead this trip at all and dont plan to start now. Best way to do it is just to roll up somewhere. Funny how nervous I Was about everything before the US, espiecally when I thought I might have to spent a few days in NYC alone but it is all second nature now. Might have a couple of beers tonight and plan to go out for one last hurray tomorrow night. Figure I deserve it after the hassle with the bank, obviously much more stressful than having to work and what not like everyone else.