Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A half-reluctant 3 days holiday trip to Yamanashi Highlands had me reliving the forgotten horrors of an organized group tour. Sponsored by a certain Rotary Club, whose members have affliations with my former Japanese language school, I had fatally commited my name a month ago, thinking perhaps I could meet up with some of my old friends, most of whom didn't turn up anyway. So after checking into the hotel the "program" started as we were ferried from place to place, touch and go travelling, stopping at one souvenir town after another till I was sure I won't survive till day three.

And what's with the incessant photo taking ?? Sure, I mean if the scenery's justifiably beautiful and all, but the crazied lot were snapping everywhere they went, outside a cliched souvenir shop, front of the roadside, long as they could find a place to stand. This lady, seeing me grieving in pain outside the souvenir shop, came up and asked : " Say, you don't like taking pictures ? "


No more group tours for me.

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