After a couple days of hanging out with some new friends made at my hostel, I'm on my own again. And you know what? I'm surprisingly feeling relieved about it. I thought that I would hate traveling solo especially for so long (I've never done it for more than 2-3 days), but that's not the case at all. I'm loving the freedom that comes with being on your own, deciding what to do and when, or more importantly, what not to do. So to celebrate this new found realization, I took myself out to dinner for the most amazing beef yakiniku (where you grill it yourself)

Hida beef is famous in this area and I can definitely understand why. Look at that marbling! This was melt in your mouth tender. I normally hate eating by myself in a restaurant, but this new found love of going at it solo makes it not so bad. Plus, being in a foreign country makes it so much easier. 
Why so reflective? Just ask the sake brewery I just visited where I tasted 16 different types of their sake (this is also famous in Takayama).
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