No, we didn't really spend the last few days down at the pub (see previous post) but we did take advantage of H having the week off and went away for a few days. We got back last night and while it's always fun to go away it's always nice to be home again too.
First stop was Hiroshima where we visited Miyajima (an island a short distance from Hiroshima famous for it's Shinto shrine, Itsukushima Jinja) and Mount Misen. The next day we went to the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. This was one of those places I felt I should see at least once in my life. Before going on our trip I started reading The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock which I had remembered was in my stacks and is about the meeting, many years later, between a survivor of Hiroshima with one of the scientists who helped create the bomb. It's fiction but based on facts from the time. Seeing some of the things that were mentioned in the book has certainly helped create a clearer visual in my mind while reading.
Next stop was Himeji, famous for its castle. The sakura had just started to blossom there, so we were about a week early for the peak, but it was impressive all the same. Then on the last day we spent a few hours in Kobe before heading home.
As for reading, well... a couple of days I didn't even read at all! We were too busy visiting here and there and then at night I was simply too tired to read before falling asleep. So I didn't get a whole lot of reading in while we were away. I did read a fair bit in the bullet train on the way home yesterday though so I'm now about 3/4 of the way through The Ash Garden. I hope to finish it tomorrow to count it as a March read but we'll see how it goes.
Continuing with the Hiroshima theme, I picked up Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse at the library last week before our trip. I took it with me but needless to say I haven't started it yet. It's due back in a week so I'm not sure whether I'll have time to read it all or not this coming week. Hopefully I'll be able to borrow it for an extra two weeks. Neither of these books are on my challenge lists but I had to make room for them so I could read them while the visit there is still fresh in my mind.
We got to see a lot and our days were full. It was great visiting these places that I'd never been to before and had long wanted to see even though I feel like I now need a vacation to recover from the vacation! As usual I took loads of photos and I'll share some of those soon. I also have lots of blog reading to catch up on but I hope you all had a good week and read more than I did.