I arrived back in Tokyo yesterday after a long flight. Public transportation is generally a great way to get around but once in awhile it causes some problems. On Saturday Luke, Ally and Maddie dropped me off at Paddington Station so I could catch the Heathrow Express for the 15 minute ride to the airport. I already had a ticket and got on the next train. After awhile an announcement was made that all trains had been suspended due to an “incident” at Southall. They had no idea when the trains would be running again and because the underground line to the airport was suspended and they were using a bus service it was suggested that we hop in a taxi. Now, that actually sounds easy enough but a taxi to Heathrow airport costs 60 British pounds or about $120. I knew that by the time I got Ally and Luke and they turned around to come back for me I would probably be late for my flight. So I hurried out to find a taxi that would take a credit card. The third taxi in the queue was able to take my card and I was on my way. Traffic was a bit heavy but we made it and it only cost 53.40 pounds or about $107. Outrageous!!
Today it has been raining. I decided to go to Arisugawa Park to look at the leaves anyway. I almost missed them this year, there are so many on the ground. You can see in the picture how beautiful they are.