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On my arrival in Tokyo, I spent a night in a traditional
Japanese hotel. It was a terrible experience. My window
opened onto a narrow dirty street, which lay between
two buildings. The opposite building was so close that
I could touch it. I looked out of the window and saw
the sky, which was as grey as the building in front
We stayed at the Bay Island hotel, which was a pleasure,
as it faced the sea. The colour of the sea was blue,
a colour that I had not seen in any of the beaches in
India. It was calm and beautiful. I was happy about
the fact that we were going to spend 10 days in such
a beautiful place. All we had to do was sit in the open
restaurant, look at the sea, enjoy the cool breeze and
During my trips I had to sleep in hotels, hostels, at
Bed and Breakfast's and at friends'. Staying at your
friends' is the best thing to my mind, but if you don't
have any friends who are willing to give you a bed for
the night, you should go for Bed and Breakfast's. Those
which I visited had nice rooms and very friendly hosts
who were very proud of their home town.
We landed at Guatemala City at 10 pm. I went through
the customs and hoped to see someone from he nearby
hotel. I had booked my first night there. But nobody
was meeting me. I didn't know the way to the hotel,
so I got general directions about how to get there from
a policeman. It was about 200 meters from the airport.
They had not received my booking, but luckily they found
a room for me.
On my arrival in Japan one of my friends took me to
a performance of Japanese classical dance and music.
My attention was taken more by the evening audience
than by what was going on on the stage. It was very
strange that there were almost no men at the concert.
Later I found out that Japanese women, even if they
are married, usually go out by themselves, or with their
female friends. It is the norm here.
I can say that staying in hotels in Hong Kong as well
as shopping costs a lot. However, visitors can have
a wonderful time and they don't necessarily have to
spend a lot of money. I always stay at a youth hostel,
which is much cheaper than staying at a hotel. I have
my meals either at a fast food restaurant or cook breakfast
myself at the hostel. One of my favourite experiences
in Hong Kong was taking a noisy tram back to the hostel
from the horse races at night.
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