Challenge Accepted [Look Up, Look Down – Week 11]

Debbie’s Look Up, Look Down post this week is a building free one. So I’ve decided to post one that’s also building free. In fact, I had to ask my friend Charlotte for the photograph as it was taken using her camera. As for who to credit, hmm… that’s a tough one to answer. I guess I’d say it was taken by Charlotte since we took it with her camera, but as for why it’s hard to credit who took that “look up” shot, well… the second photo explains everything.

Oh! And if you were curious, the photos were taken in front of The Atomic Bomb Domb in Hiroshima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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18 strangers coming together for one great big Japanese adventure! Well, 16 for me cos I knew Charlotte and another girl before the trip. Looking at this photo reminds me of all the fun I had with them. I really miss everyone who were on that 27 day trip with me in Japan.

I’ve been to Japan a couple of times before going on this trip with them, but this was different. All 18 people on the tour made this trip around Japan a very memorable one. I don’t usually like tour groups because you have to rush around a lot and try to cover too many places at one go. Also, not everyone will be cooperative and nice. But those were different because this was a specially organised tour by Charlotte’s Japanese language teacher in University and had a strong focus on learning about the culture and history of the country while on tour.

We travelled from the bottom of Japan starting from Fukuoka, all the way up to Hokkaido then back down to Tokyo again.  We stayed at traditional inns, hostels, hotels, and even had 3 home stays. We covered 9 cities in total, or was it 10 or 11? Oh man, it was way too long ago to remember. =S See this is why you should blog or journal about your trips! I wish I had started Adventures of The SIA Brat earlier.

But anyway, this was sort of my graduation trip after I finished my Bachelor Degree in Gold Coast and I had a blast! I even found romance through this trip. I got together with one of the guys in the photograph after the trip. It didn’t last, we were together for about 3 years, but we’re still friends now.

It’s a once in a lifetime experience I wish I could repeat again, which is also why I feel I must go on a Contiki tour before I hit 35.

Well, until I reminisce on this particular Japan trip again, it’s good bye for now.

What do you think?
Have you taken fun snapshots like these before? If you have one in your stash, share it with us! Have you also been on an awesome group tour before? Do you still keep in touch with them? What was the best part about the group tour? 

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