Monday 23-05-2011 Spending my last days in Beppu for relaxing
After Hiroshima I left by bus to Beppu. Beppu is the city of the Onsen. A onsen is a hot spring. This city is filled with them. For Japanese people it is the Mekka of relaxing. So to relax and be nice to the body I had to go and try this out. First by bus a 5 hour ride of which 2 hours spend on the ferry. So now I traveled by airplane, train, horse, camel, bus and by boat. Going by ferry was a nice break. Wind blowing through my hair, it was just a couple of days earlier cut by Junko in Kyoto. Arriving at the Khaosan Guesthouse in Beppu felt good. On my whole trip trough Japan I did not meet many tourist. The number of overseas tourists has dropped by 90 % because of the supposed nuclear problems. So meeting a couple of real nice German guys was good for not drinking alone. The first evening in the guesthouse there was a party to celebrate the opening of the bar. So you will understand I had to be there. Aftyer drinking and eating for free and getting a little tipsy we had a dip in the onsen of the guesthouse. Four guys just having fun. After sleeping I had a stroll through town. After that a new dip in to the onsen. Updating this site and off to bed again. My last day( before leaving to China) I treated my self with a warm sand bath. This is in the oldest onsen of Beppu. ( Takegawara Onsen). In there you undress and put on a robe you got. Go in to the actual sand place and a woman will shuffle black warm sand on you. After a minute of 4 you start to sweat as an otter. Big drops of sweat will be rolling over your face and then you have to lay there at least an other 7 minutes. Then you get out of the sand and wash of by the shower, after that you step in to a bath with 43 degrees warm water and relax. Get dressed again and chill in the guesthouse. But I am working now to finish the last page for Japan.
Two months on the road and I don not want to go home jet. Another 10 months are in front of me and a lot of happy, nice times, traveling are waiting for me. So have fun in there I am having a veryyyyyy good time and still in very good shape in Asia. China and Tibet the next destinations to go and explore.