Markの冬休み Part 2

On our way back from the snow monkey park, I broke my glasses. They were basically unrepairable. So on our way to Bessho Onsen, we stopped at Ueda, a suburban area with a shopping mall. I was able to buy a new pair of glasses there. I was so surprised by how quick this process took – no more than two hours! In Australia, it usually takes about a week to get a new pair of glasses.

Ueda is situated more in the southern part of Nagano and to my surprise, it took about two hours to get there by train from Yudanak. Ueda also has a castle there that played a role in the battle of Sekigahara. Around the castle grounds, there was a big playground that my son could go and play in.

The last part of the mini trip was at Bessho onsen. It’s also another small town famous for its hot springs. The town is more situated in a valley, so there wasn’t really any snow there. We stayed at a Ryokan style hotel. Most of the town was closed up for New Year’s and were only two restaurants opened – wandering the town at night felt like we were wandering in a ghost town. We ended up having a dinner of rice balls and deer meat at the hotel. Breakfast though was far more satisfying – the salmon was amazing. And the onsen at the hotel was incredible.

地獄谷野猿公苑の帰り道に、何と眼鏡を壊してしまうという事件が。直すのは無理そうだったので、別所温泉に向かう途中にショッピングモールのある、上田という郊外の街に立ち寄りました。無事に眼鏡を購入することができたんですが、2時間もせずに全て終わったことに驚きました!オーストラリアだったら、新しい眼鏡買うのに、だいたい一週間くらいはかかります。

上田は長野市の南の方で、湯田中から電車で2時間ほどのところにあります。関ヶ原の戦いにも名前が出てくる、上田城があることなんかで知られています。お城の周りには大きな広場があって、そこで息子をあそばせたり。

そして今回の小旅行の最終目的地、別所温泉へ。ここもまた、温泉で非常に有名な小さな街ですが、こちらは盆地に位置しているので、雪はほとんどありませんでした。私たちは旅館に泊まっていましたが、年末年始でほとんどの店は閉まっており、空いているレストランは2軒だけ。まるでゴーストタウンにいるかのような気分でした。結局ホテルで、おにぎりと鹿肉の夕食をとることに。でも、朝食は夕食より断然よかったです(鮭が最高だった)。宿の温泉も最高でした。

Mark
新宿校

今日の英単語♨
basically: 基本的に
suburban: 郊外の
satisfying: 満足のいく
incredible: 信じられないくらい良い

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