Friday, February 28, 2014

Nostalgia Strikes Yet Again

So there we were, browsing the NYT when we came upon this...



That piece lit off more than a few synapses, as well it should, because we have been there and done that.  The very first road trip The Second Mrs. Pennington and I ever took together was to Kyoto and that trip was the subject of a couple of posts here at EIP.  You long-time Gentle Readers have seen those posts more than once, given as how we tend to overdo certain posts in the form of re-runs.  That said... those posts are here and here, if you're curious.

I really enjoyed the Times piece although the things their travel correspondent(s) did in Kyoto and the things TSMP and I did were wildly divergent, to say the very least.  We didn't eat in fabulous restaurants or drink in trendy bars, nor did we do much shopping beyond buying a poster or two.  That's because we were both young and dirt poor... she a college sophomore and me a Staff Sergeant (Digression: TSMP was indeed young, at a tender 19 years of age.  I, OTOH, was 30... which seems quite young from the perspective of a guy who's pushing 70... hard.).  We were SO poor that we hitch-hiked from Tokyo to Kyoto and took the milk train back... 12 hours sitting bolt upright in third class.  I will say one thing though:  I can't believe the NYT folks had a better time than we did.  That's just not possible.  I mean, look at us:




Ah, to be young and in love again... in Nippon.

6 comments:

  1. Look at the youngsters! I love sweet memories.

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  2. "When we were young"...(sigh..)

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    1. Yup. You can NEVER get it back.

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  3. Dem Old Bones be Aching02 March, 2014 16:59

    If I was in Japan, I'd be dating Japanese women, because they stick with you all the way up to your life insurance! Plus, they know how to cook... Well, they did in the 70's, god only knows that modern women are only good for make-up and jeans. If I had it to do over I'd move in with two lesbians, and let them cook for me.

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    1. Ah. Subservient wimmen are over-rated, IM(NS)HO. As for your lesbians... I think they'd have YOU cook for THEM. :-)

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