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In the morning, Howard thankfully had to go to work. He made us breakfast of tea and toast, and then Amy and I played with the dog until he got back.
I was completely exhausted by this man. At one point we were talking about my parents and he asked if I lived at home with them whenever I went back to Canada. I said yes and then he followed that up with "So you're not ready to cut the umbilical cord yet, eh???"
What the actual.... I was ...
... world, where a super rich merchant lived and conducted his business with his family and hundreds of servants.
The film Raise the Red Lantern was shot there, so the whole thing felt oddly familiar and depressing, like the movie. I hadn't seen the movie in a long time, so it was all a very vague sort of familiarity. Strange.
After wandering around in the 150 rooms open to the public, I headed back to town. I bought a creamy melon ...
We left Pingyao after lunch and got back on the motorway. We didn't have any luck finding a rest area for the night so took an exit to a little village. The toll station at the exit weren't happy that Skippy hadn't been given a toll card at the last station as they considered it a truck. We had no problems as they considered us a car. Eventually it was sorted out and ...
... chance to be a stronger, wiser, kinder more dedicated person.
And I can happily say I have grown into all of those and more! Not only as an individual but as a spouse, I have learned and will continue to learn the true meaning of fortitude.
Thank-you Readers for following us along this journey! The learning and growing never stops with us! Now get ready for some crazy adventure blogs!
First stop: HK!
... free, and then 40% off their tab. So crazy!! Still getting used to situations like this, Ben and I enjoyed our free cocktail and played some pool as we listen to live music.
After the week we had, I feel like we came out on the other side with lifted spirits and unconditional love for each other, new friends and for our employers.
(See you later)