Nara - a walk in the park

February 15, 2009 - Nara, Japan

 After a day of temple overdose I headed, bright and earlym to Nara, a city a tenth of the size and less than an hour from Kyoto.  Nara, too, is known for it's similar offerings of beauty, history and...TEMPLES!  사진 369

After Kyoto, I thought taking in Nara would be a walk in the park.  As it turns out, my prediction was quite literal.
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I was done: I mean with temples, pictures, maps, sights...the whole thing.  So when I got to Nara, a BEAUTIFUL Sunday morning, I decided to put the camera and map away, to see, or NOT SEE the sights, and to simply wander, with no purpose. 

It was great.

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Taking up most of Nara is a gorgeous park, scattered with temples equal to the size and majesty of Kyoto and full of wild deer (and Japanese tourists). 

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I strolled the park, took some naps, ate some food and enjoyed slowing down.  It became clear (almost painfully clear) to me, that I do not like being a tourist (at least in the sense of seeing things or doing things).  I am really looking forward to stillness.  Slowing down to be more rather than see or do more.

Consistent with my day in Nara, I returned to a night of quiet indulgence at on Onsen (the best yet) in Kyoto.


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