Cohere Hotel Changde
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... when accustomed to a varied European diet…), but the breakfast. Almost all Westerners say it – nothing new there.
And for the umpteenth time since I came away, left regretting that the expensive North Face boots I bought before leaving are so bloody uncomfortable to walk in, as they would be ideal here, really warm.
No plans this morning, lazy morning!
Been planning my holiday for the last week or so. Planning to go off for 11 days from ...
... off for dinner in the local town (Potou) with all the local knobs to hobnob - the mayor (who my "translator" keeps calling the major!), his assistant, cronies and a local guy made good in Changsha. He's the tallest Chinaman I have met to date, almost as tall as me, and much bigger. Feels strange actually.
Felt pretty awful at the meal, just not into it, for the first time really. The reality of the Chinese countryside and being in a ...
... else on the floor, bedrooms off to the side. Bathroom and kitchen some other place.
Back to the abode to pass the time watching telly. Bed. Room is a bit parky to say the least. As a honoured guest (or just feeble weiguoren [foreigner], not even Westerner) was given an electric blanket. Grateful. Reminded me of cold nights at my Nan's house as a kid - just colder! Woke up baking, feel asleep with the heat on. Very cosy in the end. Stayed in bed until 9am, as told breakfast at ...
Chinese lessons are flying along, 3 a week means that progress is swift, but making the words stick is proving a little tricky. Fortunately iTunes has some great free learn Mandarin podcasts so i will give my iPod a blast and hopefully it will begin to sink in.
1. I have added some pics of flat 502, mine and Toms home from home
... a bit of a wait it became clear that the last bus to Yiyang was gone. So Tom said I could stay with him and head off in the morning. Toms college is a bit random to say the least and appears to be a afterthought as the Golf Course and Corporate facilities are about a million acres and the college consists of one small teaching building. Because the college is still a work in progress, Tom does not have a flat yet and so is slumming it in the ...