adjective: templed out
- 1.very tired (esp. of old buildings).
"she returned to the guesthouse, templed out from her day in Kyoto "
synonyms: tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
informaldone in, all in, dead on one's feet, beat, dead beat, shattered, bushed, fagged out, knocked out, wiped out, running on empty, zonked out, worn to a frazzle, frazzled, bushwhacked;informalknackered, whacked (out), jiggered;informalpooped, tuckered out, whipped;informalstonkered;vulgar slangbuggered;vulgar slangrooted;archaicchurched-up;rare propermozzied
"I must go shopping—I'm templed out"
antonyms: fresh as a monk, raring to go
- 2.(of tourism) completely overwhelmed.
"John couldn't remember where he was, he was so templed out"
synonyms: used up, at an end, consumed, finished, spent;
|these toris are sponsored - the football shirts of Japanese Buddhism|
|a bar for everyone|
All this sight-seeing is exhausting - we are out of practice. On the other hand Michael, a young Aussie, doesn't pause to take a breath. He's travelling around the world in about five months. He's been in Japan for three and a half days and already travelled the country and he's read a 1001 Things To Do Before You Die and decided to try and do them before he's 25. His Japanese souvenir is a tad large and tasteless but it's hard to tell him this to his face. So he might just read it here instead. And anyway he is obviously thrilled by it. He will return to Tokyo to get the shoulder/torso tattoo completed before he leaves.
|950 Japanese schoolchildren try to recreate a famous Beatles album cover|
|Kyoto is full of pantomime dames|
We are happy to return to Maki's guesthouse. When we stayed at their guesthouse in Chengdu she was usually in the office managing a large team of staff whilst Sim had the fun of mixing with the guests and doing jobs around the hostel. It was too big. They employed 45 people and had over 100 rooms. They wanted something smaller. But Maki observes that the kind of guest that they have in Kyoto is rather different to Chengdu and rarely do long-term travellers pass through their doors. Masato has arrived and begun helping out. He has cycled quite a bit in China, where he met Maki and Sim in Chengdu. He speaks English well and adopts the air of a traditional English gentleman's butler, but with a warm and friendly smile. He has improved his English by watching television. Maki takes us and Masato out for a lunch of ramen noodles at a locals' place in the north of the city and then up onto the mountain in the north west where there was once a large and influential temple complex. It was here that many leading Japanese buddhist monks studied before then heading off and setting up their own splinter group sect. There are still many important buildings here and the main prayer hall has the most atmosphere we have come across in Japan thus far. But there looks to be few monks here. Maki wonders why a young man would become a monk in modern-day Japan.
Desperate for a proper rest, despite getting one with Danny and Christine, we stay a few days longer. Maki once again grants us special exemption to sleep in the dining area on yet another full night. This means we can meet Romain whom Gayle found fast asleep in the sunshine in Kagoshima about two months ago. Romain has met his parents here before he starts a year's stay working in Japan and gets in touch via Facebook. He is taking time off the bike for a while. It's something we need to start planning for too. We have been invited to house sit for old travelling friends Fabien and Coralie who now live in Luang Prabang in Laos and, for the record, are far from old. So we book a flight from Seoul to Chiang Mai for early August. After a break in Luang Prabang we need to find work to save some money for the onward journey. It's a good opportunity to take a break from travelling and do something different.
|with Suzuki and Maki outside Guesthouse Soi|