Gelin Pulante Hotel
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... of beautiful paintbrushes, hand painted chopsticks, gorgeous jewellery and fabulous paintings on offer. I manage to pick up a few light souvenirs! Much to Eoin's dismay, the day continues in this vein, so he departs as we continue our retail therapy in the heart of the city.
E: Tonight most of us have paid to attend a Chinese opera. 'Claire' has arranged it; there are two ticket choices, and I, possessing binoculars (or, as I call them today, ...
... t be rewarded with the view of hundreds of small, live pigs, and in unison shouted loudly “Yo Jew”, deleriously happy to have used our only phrase, then both convulsed with childish giggling. The other westerners eyed us suspiciously, now suspecting that we were gibbering anti-Semitic lunatics. Fortunately, at that point the bus arrived so we jumped on and rode back to the bus station, grabbing the Number One bus back to the hostel. ...
... I can't believe this place!!! I'm sorry, but I am not even going to try to take a bus today. We will have to hang out another time." She is laughing on the other end of the line and says, "I think you are finally experiencing some culture shock." Maybe she is right. Today was the first time I felt so out of place. How people can act simply crazy when a bus approaches is completely beyond me. I have never been the type to take a bus, so maybe it is like this in the U.S. ...
... and tomorrow is PANDAS! We are heading up shortly for early bed. I think Elizabeth will continue to feel better now that we had a laid back night.
Can't wait to see the pandas
P.S. At the airport yesterday we saw one of our adoption guides from out first trip. She is a tour guide for another tour company. I didn't remember her but Kate did. Her name is Kathy and she was so happy to see the girls. What a very small world this ...
... not going as planned, making stupid mistakes and an increasing list of lost items, I am indeed having a "pleasurable trip". The more familiar I get with the Chinese way of doing things and the whole backpacker life, the more I'm enjoying myself. At times it's more 'work' than I thought it would be: planning ahead, arranging the bureaucratic stuff, doing the research on where to go and how to get there, but for now it certainly beats sitting at an ...