Well… Here I am on the last day of my five day weekend. So sad. But I suppose I’ll have another weekend in just two days so it’s fine. 😉
Yesterday, George and I cycled out to Tama Lake. It’s about an hour ride on the bike path that leads from a park near me straight to the lake. Sounds pleasant, right? NO.
Well, it was sort of pleasant but there were many things that happened that made the entire trip sort of lame.
Here’s the bike path
It has quite a few quaint cafes off to the side such as this one.
But here lies the problem, it has a billion of these…
Combine this with the fact that it was a holiday (aka many people out) means that this wasn’t a pleasant bike ride but rather an obstacle course (Biking in the City 101). And I must have failed because… I got a flat about 3/4 of the way there! GRR! Luckily, George is Japanese and can find a bike shop and get it fixed. The bike guy said it was because I hit a curb too hard but I wouldn’t have if I could stay on the “bike path!” (^~^)
Anyway, we finally made it to the lake which is surrounded by a fence. Awesome (missing Colorado, right about NOW).
So then George decides he doesn’t want to go back the same way and finds a route on his phone navigator to go home. Everything is fine until he needs to check the route again and while he’s checking (and riding his bike) he crashes into a utility pole! WHAT!? Thankfully, he and the bike were okay but pretty much the rest of the trip was in silence and we were both happy to get home.
After a shower and rest, I ventured out to Shibuya to see a friend that I haven’t seen for three years! I have to admit I hate (can’t stand, despise, etc) when the trains are packed in Tokyo (they weren’t, whew) but I kind of LIKE being on the street with so many people. Even though most people are just communting from work, or meeting other people, or just standing around, it has so much energy. Kind of like a festival or party. It’s pretty fun. I was quite early to meet my friend so I hung around the Hachiko entrance of the subway which is a famous spot in Tokyo… perhaps you have seen it.
After meeting up, we went to the restaurant that we went to three years ago. Teppen! I love this place. It’s SOOOO much fun and chock full of cute boys. It actually has the girl version across the street for the boys…er, men. I tried to find a good video to explain the (good) craziness of this place but I couldn’t find one to do it justice. They welcome new customers in by all stopping and turning towards the door and saying, “Welcome!” and same goes for customers leaving. They all turn to you and say “thank you” if they hear you say it is oishii (delicious). Lots of group shouting.
And of course they do really fun birthday things (passing out tamborines, singing, turning out the lights, dancing, etc) which brings me to my number 3, my third birthday celebration!
To my surprise I was included in one of the birthdays last night! Yee! 3 for 30 makes sense to me! There’s nothing quite like a bunch of cute smiling men to celebrate my 30th birthday for the last time… I think. 😉