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... for the railroad. Except for one uncle and his family, all her aunts, uncles and cousins, men and women, work for the mining companies. Only the men actually mine though. Fairly recently the mines were nationalised because (according to Nancy) the private owners were putting profit over worker's rights. The company housing that we saw driving by would be condemned in the US. Old, not maintained, filthy.
In general, the norm for housing that we have seen would ...
... by shabby buildings and a lowering sky, threatening rain. Very polluted with a strong acrid smell I remember from 1980s winter Berlin on a bad day. Lots of people, all Chinese, mostly looking fairly proletarian. Accosted by a tourist tout and we patiently resist his services ... and after a while he goes away. I suspect the Boss of having secretly read a little known work by Charles Darwin called "Survival of the Nicest", whereas I am afraid I quickly find myself wanting ...
... originally from Brussels,butbothstudying in Louvain La
Neuve... ha ha what a small world after all!
After being guided around for about an hour through the caves we got some time
off todiscover thecaves at our own pace, which was kind of nice since I
actuallydon’t really like to follow a group. I like my own ryth and freedom.
Some of the buddha’s were really huge and It’s pretty amzing to know these
statues were carved out of stone by hand. You ...
... and mannered sort, were towards the back. I am beginning to think that me in person looks nothing like me in my passport picture, as more often than not I get stared at with deep concentration before being compared to my picture - then a few random questions get fired at me before they wearily stamp my book. Once in China, we had a few challenges to face....we had to get fro Erlian to Datong where we had booked a special treat - a 5 star hotel - yip, us ...
... t take her eyes off me! When my bus came I so wanted to get to a window and wave with a 'Seeya Physco'! But of course the bus was packed, so there was no chance of that. Bizarre! I waited at the police post as required to meet the tour and the first tourists to arrive were a father and daughter from Adeliade. We were collected and escorted to the office to pay and then away we went, by this time there 14 of us. The hanging Monestry was crowded ...