The Seven Stars Kyushu train pulled into the station as we were heading the other way. From the outside it looked only a little special with burgundy paying, gold lettering and stained glass windows, but it must be one of the most expensive ways to travel in the world! http://www.cruisetrain-sevenstars.com At almost 2 million yen (about 16 thousand euros) for a couple traveling only 4 days it's not surprising they don't need more than 30 people on a tour. However, given the reception the staff put on at the station and the type of travelers that have the train fully booked for ages in advance for one of the suite rooms, I was more than a little jealous when our regular local train showed up with standard bench seating.
Seeing this empty wheelchair made me wonder if this 4th blood moon every six months was a sign after all. I'm always intrigued when I see wheel chairs or disability scooters parked outside of shops too. Did they really need them? Isn't carrying shopping even more difficult than just walking? Incidentally, I saw a man cycling on a racing bike as fast as the cars behind him. Normally nothing to get excited about... Except he had just one leg!! His left leg was just a metal prosthetic way up to his hip so wasn't doing much more than spinning round for show.
Birmingham is a big mix of modern and historical architecture filled with a population as diverse as its neighbourhoods including places like Aston, Bourneville, the Chinese and Jewellery Quarters, Gas Street Basin and the shopping metropolis that is the Bull Ring. Even though you could visit Birmingham without even noticing the canals, they are still very much in use and an important feature of the city even today.
The order got a bit mixed up from being in Wales with no good Wi-Fi or phone reception. Hope to be running normally from now on.