30.08.2012 - 28.09.2012
Whilst I was in Hiroshima not only did I enjoy the company of the WFC managers and their interns but I also spent a lovely couple of hours with an elderly Japanese couple – who afterwards I realised that we actually did not share our names. I was walking along the path in the Peace Park and nodded and smiled at the couple who were reading on a park bench. He waved me over and they both shuffled to either side of the bench so I sat down. What lovely lovely people. He spoke perfect English and she understood a little. Unbelievably they were both in their early 80s (they looked like they were in their 60s) and were so beautiful to talk to. It is moments like these that I love about travelling. We talked about Australia (they had been many years before – to the East coast of course) and Hawaii (the weather is good for her health) and what I had been doing in Japan. She was very concerned about me going to Kyoto on my own as she thought I would get lost and repeated those concerns on a number of occasions. She could not believe that I was travelling on my own with no help. I must have made quite an impression because all of a sudden he says, “My wife wants to give you a gift”. I was all “ No No No” but she was determined and gave me two gorgeous pictures of owls – which in Japan mean good fortune and happiness. I felt so touched as she had obviously bought these for either herself or as a present for someone else. We took some photos but unfortunately they have not entered the world of online communication and did I think to get their address – NO!