Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I arrived at Fukuoka and checked into Hotel Cabinas, the Ritz-Carlton of capsule hotels. Everything about the hotel was four star, except for the fact that you slept in a coffin and paid only 2100 yen (21 dollars) a night if you were a member (which I became). There was a problem with Hotel Cabinas, however, that only I (as the one foreigner) experienced. The girl behind the counter did a great job. She was quick, polite and intelligent. However, all of these things were a hindrance to my understanding of her. She spoke too fast, with words I did not know and had the vocabulary of a college graduate, while I have the vocabulary of a kindergartener. I don’t think I understood a word she said.

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