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... terminal. We had organised a car from the airport to take us to our hotel to avoid some of the tiredness of waiting in a taxi queue. I think it ended up being a good decision, because it was nice being welcomed by a sign upon arrival, and then sit in the back seat and not have to think about instructing the driver on where to go, when we weren’t sure ourselves.
The drive to the hotel was surprisingly quick, and it wasn’t long before ...
... panda-monium (see what I did there?) of the Chinese hospital I had to make my way past the symphony of the dead and dying hawking loogies at my feet as I walked by and blowing cigarette smoke in every direction. Once in the lobby I needed to slip through the crowds like Oliver Twist to get to the sanctuary of the Expat wing. Once through the doors the world becomes serene once more.
I checked in for my appointment and ...
... but the sky remained grey. The weakened rays shone through with an odd light, a bit like what we have in Australia when bush-fire smoke is around.
We passed mile after mile of apartment blocks, one after another, in the foreground and also in the distance, some 8 floors high, most very much higher, and it was depressing to think that I was possibly looking at what big cities might look like in the future. Very occasionally there would be just ...
... the road
-later the same man is being carried piggyback style across another road
I eventually metroed and took a public bus back to Linda and Jack's, had some jasmine tea in a nearby tea shop, and made my way to their apartment. Eventhough I was quite tired, I wanted to go to the outdoor market with Linda. I knew it would be a treat. I wish I had my camera! She bought 2 live fish (prepared for taking home after she chose them), those long ...
... really came to life during the encore of Stars and Stripes whee the brass go into the audience. I late cam to learn that it is typical of Chinese audiences to be somewhat reserved at first and, as the concert progresses, the enthusiasm grows. It was a long day, long concert, but considering that most of the band was sleep deprived, I thought we played pretty ...