Apparently lots can happen before 9am, on a Saturday morning. I'm never usually up before that time, since my work schedule is mostly late afternoons and evenings. Even though running by the harbour late at night is quite exquisite, maybe I'm missing out on sunny mornings like today.
After a late, late Friday night filled with white wine and delicious goma ごま ramen (sesame broth), an 8am wake up call was a bit brutal. However, it was all for a good cause:
I picked up my 'new' bike.
Alas, my dearly beloved Blair Buttercream was never recovered. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow my friend Daniel's bike, and he was generous enough to let me have it for as long as I needed. Surprise surprise, my friend Jonathan managed to get his hands on a free bike, and that's my new companion for the remaining of my time in Marugame. It's a standard grey bike, but I adorned it with stickers, so I can recognize it among the crowds of look-alike bikes. Thank goodness for kind friends, and free bikes.
Getting up so early deserved a treat, so we found the best breakfast food we could find around here. One thing I dearly miss about home is breakfast and brunch. The brunch trend hasn't picked up much in Japan like it had in Seoul- at least not in rural Japan. Japanese do love family restaurants such as Denny's, which do exist here. We hit one of those chains (Gusto Skylark) for a version of a Western breakfast, and it wasn't so bad. It's the best breakfast we could find in Marugame, on a Saturday morning. They have a free juice and coffee bar, and that made my day.
Time for a much-needed midday nap.