Well, not so much an assault, but certainly a lightning visit. I drove down (and got stuck in traffic in Kagoshima city; I should have known better and stayed on the highway for longer but...) and on the way I got kind of lost and had to ask for directions at this (fantastic looking!!!) onsen. I think I rather alarmed a couple of the guests though, so apologies for that. I'm definitely going back there for a proper onsen visit one day, it looked fantastic!
良く話して、食べて、もっと話して、 もっと食べてしたよ～ (^～^) ｏ口(・∀・ )
So why Ibusuki, you wonder? Well, my Japanese teacher (from when I was living in Osaka) was doing a bit of travelling with her friend Ricky and was staying there, so I decided to 'drop by' for dinner. I'm sure a 3 odd hour drive can still be considered 'dropping by', at least by Swedish standards. (^^)
Actually I'm really rather stubborn, because I probably should have stayed the night somewhere there, or on the way back. But... it's still a 'short' drive in my way of thinking, plus I knew there'd be zero traffic... So I headed back that same night. I'm kinda proud of myself! I would never have even considered a drive like that a couple of years ago, but this time it didn't even phase me. I must be turning into my Dad.
Oh, that and route 10 is *so* much fun! It's like a rally course with lots of hills and curves! Probably a killer for a little car like mine, but it's still a great drive. ^^
Regardless. Had a wonderful time just talking and eating and talking and eating and eating.... (^^;) I'm so happy I could make it down there to meet them!
Anyway, here are the pictures!
|ここで食べた～ This is where we ate!|
|いい感じだよね～ Pretty nice place|
|いいね～ And more pretty pictures|
|こちらだ！ And this is where it was, with contact info and everything. ^^|
But of course, the most important thing is the food:
|最初に、刺身サラダ For starters, a sashimi salad|
|きのこスープ、フォアグラが入ってる、イェイ！ Then mushroom cream soup with foie gras|
|でも、なんじゃこりゃ！！ 日本にもネッシいるよ！ But what's this!? o.O (They also have a Nessie :P)|
|美味しい魚！名前もう忘れちゃったけど･･･ This was sole, I believe!|
|これ！これだ！一番美味かった！牛肉と豚肉と大根とマスタードソース！ウメー！ All of the dishes were fantastic, but this was positively amazing. Beef, pork on Japanese radish with a mustard sauce. Positively mouthwatering, even now.|
|りんごパイとアイス！凄く美味しかった！もう限界だったけど An apple tart with vanilla ice cream. Also delicious, but I'd about reached my limit at that point. ^^;|
|美味しいワインそうです。もちろん、私は運転したから、何も飲まなかった。残念！でもラベルはステキね～！ Apparently a lovely (dry) red wine. I don't know since I couldn't drink (I was driving, remember?), but the label's beautiful.|
|隣の旅館、白水館。スゲー和風な感じな～ The place next door. Very big and very traditional in style.|
|ああー、だめだ、あたし。宮崎のおみやげは玄関にあったよ。 忘れちゃった～ ごめんなさい！ｍ（_ _）ｍ Erm... I forgot both the souvenirs I was going to give as well as the road maps... Sorry!!|
|アイルランドのおみやげを貰った、ありがとうリッキさん～！ ^^ But I did receive chocolates all the way from Ireland. Lucky! Thanks, Ricky! ^^|
As I mentioned, I had a fantastic time. So thank you so much sensei! And thank you Ricky! Until next time, wherever that may be! (*≧▽≦)