I'm just going to jump right back into my Tokyo trip post, and it will probably go back and forth a lot. Just thought I'd warn you... :o)
As we had all boarded the bus to leave Mt. Fuji, the weather finally started clearing up (that kinda made my hubby mad, because he was annoyed that all of the new hikers just beginning their trek would have it easier than our group did. :P). Anyway, the clouds started to lighten, and my airman snapped a neat picture of the columns they created. It turned out pretty nicely... it reminds me somewhat of something I would see in a storybook.
On Saturday, after getting off of the subway, we had about a ten minute walk from the station to our destination. The weather was pretty hot, and I was regretting wearing my ankle-length jean skirt; I had packed a mid-length, lighter-weight skirt, but it looked cold in the morning when I had gotten dressed... I hate when the weather changes up like that! Anyway, I digress... as I mentioned, it was getting pretty hot, and that was making me thirsty.
Lo and behold, what did we see up ahead but a 7-11!!!!! Now, that may not be exciting to many of y'all, but you have to realize that there are NO 7-11s in our area, and I have had only one slurpee in the past 11 years (and that was last summer when I went Stateside to meet the in-laws)! This was a huge deal to me, as I absolutely love slurpees! I started sprinting to the building, and my husband laughed at me the whole way.
You can imagine what happened next, can't you? I found out that Japanese 7-11s don't sell Slurpees. See the look of disappointment on my face?
The first evening after arriving at the New Sanno, we did a little bit of exploring. We did a good job of following my dad's advice for staying at any new place: "GET LOST! That's the only way you'll ever learn your way around!" :o) Since we are currently leaning toward staying in the AF and re-enlisting, I believe we will get some very good use of this principle. In fact, we'll probably teach it to our children ;o) It really does work.
Anyway, during our exploration time, we found a Nathan's restaurant. Apparently, it is a big chain in the States... I've never heard of it. What? I've been in Japan since I was 10, and our little po-dunk town doesn't have one. :P Of course, my airman had to get his picture taken in front of the sign bearing his name (and he teases me for running to the 7-11! Ha!).
The place was a bit pricey, and since I wasn't very hungry, we decided to split a chili cheese dog and some crinkle fries. The food was pretty good, and it made me regret not getting my own meal, LOL. :P Oh, well. I really wasn't that hungry, and half the hot dog filled me just fine. I have to be careful anyway, as I don't want to be gaining 60 pounds or anything like that with this pregnancy!