Wednesday, March 23, 2005

This couple was supposed to hike a mountain, but the earthquake canceled their plans. It was her birthday so she wanted to treat us to lunch. They live in Fukuoka and rescued us from the off ramp from hell when the expressways closed due to the earthquake. Olga bought her a birthday cake and we sang, but she ended up giving the cake back to us. Her was delicious! As we approached Fukuoka city, the urban expressway was still closed and the subways and trains were down. So they reluctantly agreed to take us to Riktam's house by surface roads. It took forever! They'd picked us up at 11:55am, we'd had lunch, and we finally arrived at 4:20pm. Again, it felt so good to be out of the car and felt even better to then speak English with a friend!

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