Thursday, December 04, 2014

Traveling Solo to Higashiyama

On my way home after my solo adventures at Tsukiji Fish Market, I would be traveling alone to Nagoya via overnight JR bus from Tokyo JR Station. I am grateful for a good friend Uchida-san who helped me secure a seat on the bus. This will be my first ever solo trip in Japan on a long haul overnight bus. The whole time my mind was wandering I guess. Insights tend to visit me at these moments of solitude. Solo traveling can be good for your soul. The time alone provides much space to explore inward as well. Listening to your own thoughts. There were times during this trip that I was lost in transit for a moment or two trying to figure out what train to take, what station to change trains or where to go. The unfamiliar can get you lost and it forces your senses to think. It re-wires your mind. At these moments that I've felt I was alive that is why I love traveling. After the overnight bus ride, I arrived at Nagoya. It took me a while to orient myself. I willed myself to go to Higashiyama-koen this was the only day that I have a chance to experience autumn. I've been dreaming to see the changing of the leaves for as long as I can remember. I feel so blessed to be able to witness these colors of yellow, orange and reds. I walked slowly taking in the beauty of the trees. Memories of sunlight falling gently on the yellow leaves as I cross the small bridge. The Universe was so kind to let me have time to sit in that cottage where I wrote down a few verses. Thank God for the beauty of His creation.

1 comment:

Shahana Shafiuddin said...

Really a beautiful place.