If you aren't confident in the language spoken there, you might be worried a bit more.
Still, I imagine many of you look foward to every encounter you'll have there.
Definitely, that's one of the most wonderful pleasures of travel.
The other day I watched a TV program called "Rokemitsu ロケみつ". I like this program, and the last time it was so moving that I couldn't help shedding tears while watching. I hope to share the story with you though it's a bit long... Hope you enjoy this, too.
It's a bit tiresome to explain the program in details, but I'll give it a try to sum up. The project is that Saki chan, TV personality/talent who is known for cosplayer of Asuka in Evangelion, travels Europe, based on the program's original rules. She is given a destination every time, and she needs to go there by herself. She is provided with funds for her travel by the program, but the amount is fixed through throwing a dice. She has to do with the money for everything, food, transportation, and accommodation. The amount is linked to the comments left on the program webpage. If she gets many comments, this will be reflected on the amount she gets. Thus audience, especially her fans, can support her travel in a sense.
I like this program because I feel I'm traveling when I watch it. I like the style of her traveling. There's no plan for her travel, and she just tries to reach the destination by asking everything with her poor English. I feel it's similar to my style of traveling. I don't like plannning everything before traveling. I often read a guidebook only after I get on a plane. I like to decide where to go and what to do in the very morning of the day, based on my feeling of the day. It's just like my way of life...
Sorry, these are all trivias. The main part starts from here. Anyway, Saki chan was in a small local city in Italiy. She had only 26 euros and couldn't afford any hotels there. So, she decided to go back to a bigger city, Bari, where she stayed before, by train, but the train didn't come even when it was past the scheduled time. She asked a tourist about that and the old lady explained hard in Italian, but she couldn't understand at all. Finally, she figured out that there was no train on Sunday! Then, the lady asked people in the town and bothered to show her to the bus stop for Bari.
At last, the bus came. As she didn't know how to pay the bus fare, she asked about it, but the driver just gestured for her to get on. After about five hours of driving, the bus arrived at Bari. When she got off, she asked the driver about the fare, but he just said, "Please get off." The thing is, she was supposed to buy a ticket beforehand, but, of course, she didn't know that and didn't have a ticket. So, she got on the bus just by the kindness of the driver. The driver let her get on the bus even though he knew she didn't have a ticket!
When she got to Bari, it was already around nine. She had to find a hotel or youth hostel she could afford from then on. She dropped by several hotels around the station, but they were too expensive. She also asked people in the town if there was a cheap hotel around the area. Some Itailan guys tried to explain that there were no such hotels around the area, but she just couldn't understand almost anything. At that time, one young Italian guy spoke to her. She explained the situation in poor English, and then he seemed to help her find a hotel. They began to walk together, and she found that he knew a little Japanese and he loved Japanese anime, including Evangelion!
To be continued.
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When you travel abroad, I suppose you will be often filled with excitement and worries. If you aren't confident in the language spoken there, you might be worried a bit more. Still, I imagine many of you look foward to every encounter you'll have there. Definitely, that's one of the most wonderfu