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It’s important to note here that I had spent most of the past few days travelling from one place to the other. It was taking a lot of time, energy and money. All of which I was short on, especially from the money point of view. I was learning, but was having to do it at a running pace when I could barely walk. I remember a lot more about those few days; looking around the different cities, getting to understand how the transport system worked, finding out ...
... The third girl wasn't so lucky. While we flew to meet the rest of the group, she had to take a flight back to Beijing. So far, two people had left the trip permanently, and we would end up losing another one in the following days. Needless to say, it was a tough, demanding trip.
The good part about the sickness is that Avery and I got to bond a lot, what with being stuck in a room together for 4 days. Boredom struck, and it struck hard. We read ...
"You're going to the mainland alone and you don't speak any Mandarin!?!?"
This is what I heard many times from people in Taiwan and Hong Kong as they laughed at my fate. I would respond with due concern but in my mind I was brushing it off like "pft, I've got this".
Well, they were right to laugh. Now, its not too too bad. I can still get by, but usually just barely. And many encounters turn into games of charades ...
... s about to warm up a bit again.
We’ve been eating lots of pork with apple/apple and cabbage sauce to use up some of the many apples Owen was given by his students. It’s a tradition here – an apple for the teacher for real!
Back into the bread making this week – getting better, had some nice buns filled with lamb and ratatouille the other night.
After the jiaozi-making event, I’m (almost) tempted to have a ...
... 8217; and all that lay past it was desert demons and barbarian armies of central Asia.
We camped in the car park near the fort and in the morning visited the Ming dynasty (1372AD) Jiayuguan fort and museum. It’s the largest of all the forts along the entire length of the wall. Most of the fort is reconstruction work but has been done well and you still get the feeling of isolation ...