07:30 AM bus, almost ready to depart…
This is only the third time of my experience with Willer Express, but I can tell you that I really like their service.
Of course, they are not as fast and comfortable as Shinkansen, but the price was also less expensive — about only 1/3 of the bullet train ticket.
You can also save some more if you use the night bus service (don’t have to pay for the hotel. This can be essential for budget traveler/student like me and my wife :D…)
By the way, do you know what my favorite Willer Express’ feature is?
I don’t think you can guess, so I’ll just show you the photo:
Da Hood! (modeled by Q)
I don’t know what’s the official name is — let’s just call it “Da Hood” :D.
Like its name, it’s basically a hood that you can use to cover your face.
It is extremely useful to cover your ugly-sleeping face :D… (note: I’m not saying my wife is ugly when she’s sleeping. She is ALWAYS beautiful :D. You know what I mean).
If you don’t want to use it, you can simply fold it up.
I have never seen anything like this anywhere else, so I’m assuming it’s only in Japan, one of the Japanese personal space thingie. But then again, maybe I’m just not that well-traveled.
So, CMIIW, have you seen anything like this elsewhere?
Side story #1:
The distortion that you see on photo #1 is because the photo was stitched from 4 photos; not lens distortion.
Side story #2:
I can officially say that AF 24mm f/2.8 is my favorite walk-around lens. For the whole week traveling, I only use this lens and I’m happy with the results… Sometimes I want extra reach, but for most of the time, I can just move closer. I sometime want it wider, but I can just shoot panorama to get what I want.
My favorite combo for now would be AF 24mm f/2.8 and AF-D 50mm f/1.8 — these are the lenses that I will bring everywhere I go, when I’m not planning in shooting anything in particular. They are small and light, and would cover most of my needs.
*Somewhere between Niigata and Tokyo, Japan