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Saturday, June 09, 2007


My daughter (and son) have been running lately - its got me thinking, I should be running again too. When I was younger, I ran most days, addicted to the adrenaline. What is it, about something which can be tough, especially when you haven't done it for a while, that makes it actually exhilirating? For one thing, its not tied to an indoor setting, like inside a gym. Yesterday morning, when we went for a run, it was about 7am, but the moon was still up in the sky. Running reminds me of my humanity, seeing trees, the river, even other people. Breathing cool air and embracing the earth. Yes, I think there is something mysteriously good about it. Running.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Approaching a bend in the road...

Well, I'm off to Japan in two weeks, its my 5th trip there, but this one looks like being the most frenetic! Quite apart from the fact that I am taking 18 young adults, our schedule takes us from Tokyo to Hakone, to Hiroshima to Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji and then to Tokyo again, a whirlwind visit, touring sights and meeting people.

I'm looking forward to meeting people the most... in Tokyo, some friends have agreed to show us Harajuku and Asakusa areas. Amazingly, my cousin and her family may be able to meet me in Disneyland and then we're going on a school visit in Kobe, to Rokko Gakuin.

I'll be trying to post to the blog indicated above, and perhaps assisted by some of the students on the tour. That depends of course on having enough time away from touring, organising and taking time out!
My family has been making origami cranes, which I am wondering whether I should take with me to Hiroshima.