Monday, October 16, 2006

Biking to Buddha


Already a couple of weeks ago we went out to bike to visit a Buddha statue that was located quite some distance to the South-East of Tsukuba. It is a huge statue, for we were able to see it all the way from Tsukuba. Somebody at work had told Annett that it was quite a bike, and would take us at least one and a half hour to get there. Optimistic as we started off, we thought that if some random person could bike it in one and a half hours, we would definitely be able to do that in just an hour.

We started biking at two in the afternoon, spent some time in a Toys R Us store and arrived there at... 16:57. We had just three minutes left to buy a ticket and go into the Buddha to take the elevator up. We were too late...

Now here in Tsukuba it gets dark rather early, and also rather cold at night. However, since we would just be out for a couple of hours, we were just wearing a T-shirt and a top. On top of that, Annett believed that going the other way would be a short cut and save us a lot of time. To cut a long story short, it became darker and darker and we had no idea where we were. At some point we were really lost. It was completely dark, extremely cold, and we heard thunder in the distant...

We then biked back to a supermarket we had passed quite some time before, and asked the store attendant which of the four possible ways we should take; we had already tried two of them... At that point there was a very kind Japanese woman who asked us where we wanted to go. It turned out she was also heading in to the direction of Tsukuba, and she offered us to drive in her car slowly in front of us so we could follow her! This was an offer we couldn't refuse, and we biked - no we, raced - after her...

After 45 minutes of racing the car stopped and we were able to thank her for her kindness. We were on our map again, and about an hour later we were home again, taking a hot bath to warm up...

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