Saturday, March 20, 2010

So much for having a lazy day...

This is going to be a quick post, because I really need to sleep right now, pictures will be added later...

After deciding to take it easy we went to Tokyo Tower, which has an absolutely amazing view. Then we headed back to the hostel, on the way back picking up some snacks and goodies from the supermarket, and then stopping off at a bar for a celebratory drink for passing my CA exam.

That was interesting because we were the only people in the bar and the bartender didn't speak any English, so ordering drinks was fun. Michael was able to squeeze a conversation out of the situation, but it mainly revolved around what was famous in Australia (Olivia Newton John, Koalas, etc)

Then we got back to the hostel ready for an early night, but when we got to the common room it was chock full of Aussies, Poms and an American. One thing led to another, and we ended up in Shibuya trying to find a bar. This turned out to be harder than expected, so as often happens, the group split up. Michael and I joined two Englishmen and the American girl ("Nick and Nick" and Elizabeth) and we found a licensed restaurant.

That's when the drinking games started, which involved some public singing of national anthems and Celine Dion songs. After that we managed to find a proper bar, where the blonde, blue-eyed American was an instant hit with the locals with the lively barman jokingly pointing at her and yelling at the top of his voice "Urusai!" (noisy) with one of the local business women claiming "Kawaii!" (Cute). This, however didn't stop them from trying to over-charge us.

By this time we had missed the last train (who would have thought that the trains in Perth run later than the trains in Tokyo??? No trains from midnight to 4:30am, what's with that!?!), and since taxis are so expensive we decided that staying out was the way to go. After the obligatory cheeseburger at McDonalds (at this point I would just like to state that it seems like all 24hr Maccas in party districts are the same no matter what country you are in... after the domestic dispute downstairs there was also a very drunk Victorian girl passed out in the bathroom... she was one of the Aussies in the original group), we got a private karaoke room (when in Rome!) and spent the next hour or so in good company with Bon Jovi, the Little Mermaid and Neil Diamond (Michael just reminded me to add Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Foo Fighters, Bryan Adams and Guns N' Roses).

By 4:30am the trains started running again, so we went back to the train station and bumped into the drunk Victorian girl who was being looked after by a bunch of security guards (to whom she attempted to give her email address to and invite them to Australia). She couldn't even remember how she got to the train station, so we took her with us. You would not believe how many people are catching the trains at 4:30am in the morning. It is jam packed! Don't these people sleep!?!

We made it back to the hostel at 5:20am, and after a power nap (we didn't want to sleep through the day and upset the body clock!), we managed to fit in a Shinto shrine in Yoyogi park, kids dressed in Cos Play outfits at Harajuku and some shopping in Shibuya (definitely the place to go for partying and shopping in Tokyo!) before ending up back at the hostel.

This is where I am now... making sure that I note all of this down before going for a real sleep, because I'm sure I will forget parts of it by tomorrow!

(Michael and I would like to thank "Nick and Nick" and Elizabeth for joining us for what was truly an awesome and unforgettable night out in Tokyo)

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