|Above, the stairs to the stage building can be seen to the left in our tour group photo.|
While lunching with Peter H. Brothers today, we were talking about my recent trip to Japan.
We focused a bit on Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera. He recalled that the stairs going up to the stage building were brutal. He and I went there in 2004 with G-TOUR.
I told him that although I wanted to visit Kiyomizu-dera again when we were planning the trip, I dreaded going up those stairs. However, as I told him, they didn't seem so bad this time.
I remember being tired and winded as I was going up them back in 2004. I said that we went there during the brutal heat and humidity of August. That played a big part.
I pointed out that when Denise and I went last October, it was much cooler and there was no humidity. I also said that I was a bit heavier back in 2004 (about 40 to 50 pounds heavier) as well. I can easily say that I am in much better shape now. That makes a difference!