Zen Garden Hotel (Lion Mountain Yard)
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... return journey, because we will be arriving, and therefore leaving, Australia earlier than planned. And that swung it. This means we plan to arrive in Laos next week, and then go through Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar before heading to Singapore in late November. Vietnam gets missed off this list, but becomes the fall back next year if we can't get to India after all. So now we just need to find a ship off ...
... a look around the walled city. Little lanes and alleys going in all directions guarantee that you will get lost. Lots of little shops, cafes and restaurants. Some restaurants had tanks of fish, cages of chickens and rabbits so you could select which one you wanted and have it cooked. We had a look around in between showers of rain and even managed to find our way back!
... bit of snow still on the tops.
We stayed in our vans outside Tina's Guesthouse and Andy had a room there. The menu was novel. It was on bamboo slats that rolled out nearly as tall as I am. After tea we walked over the bridge and looked at the other guesthouses, one of which had a lovely view down the gorge. It was a bit cooler than we have been used to and quite windy but Tilly is warm and we haven't needed the heater yet.
... then go through the process of "civilised negotiation" you really just want to walk away! Oh well, cultural differences.
The Naxi (pronounced 'Nashi' like our fruit ... 'X' in China is an 'sh' sound) museum is our next stop. We have been hearing about the Dongba religion of this ethnic minority...the lovers' suicides, the hieroglyphic writing (the only pictograph writing system still used in the world today), the village gods, the costumes, the dress and the music. ...
... I just learned this word today ! ). We found a very nice bar where to enjoy the birthday evening with an amazing view, and hop back to the hostel to relax a bit.
After a light dinner we head to the bar for the cake and coffee !
Again : HAPPY BIRTHDAY SALLY !!
Réveil matinal, JOYEUS AAANIVERSAAAIRE SALLYYYYYYY !!!
Bon petit dej de spécialité locale : yogourt au miel... Tout simplement le ...