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... USA of the 60′s and 70′s, says Ilian
Kids are exploring their freedom to do
What they want where they want
Economy is changing but doing OK
Though food prices, esp in Dali, are high
We finish, we pay, and when Ilian returns
He hands us a small handwritten piece of paper
I organize tours he says
HI Everyone. Well, I was able to post an entry sooner than I thought. Sandy, her family, and I are now in the city of Dali. Sandy's parents-in-law live here and we are visiting them. They are letting me use their computer. Everyone is so nice to me!
We left Kunming yesterday with what was supposed to be a four-hour trip. But because of the holiday traffic which was crazy - and that's saying something in China, it took about 9 ...
A bit further north and higher altitude meant Dali was a bit colder – out came the thermals again. Snow was visible on the tops of the surrounding hills and a little light rain. We stayed at another hostel to see how it was – the Jade Emu, run by an Aussie (obviously). The most westerners we've seen in one place so far.
The hostel was excellent. They had good food and good sounding cheap tours on offer. ...
Ok, ik heb me vergist… Het rochelen hoort intussen al volop terug bij de soundtrack van China (het is oa het geluid dat me regelmatig wakker maakt). Ik arriveerde in Dali in de vroege namiddag hetgeen me voldoende tijd gaf om het ommuurde stadje te verkennen. Mijn eerste indruk was: wegwezen hier! De hoofdstraten van Dali waren overspoeld met Chinese toeristen. Dus ging ik op stap naar de Three Pagodas, een gigantisch tempelcomplex. Gelukkig was het tegen dan ...
... our way for a 10 km walk/run along the Cangshan Mountain. The sites were not much to write home about, yet given our interest in exercise we enjoyed the walk/run and return to the Old City.
As emotion-filled and awkward as the night was, I would not change our experience for anything. It was an adventure-filled time that Marcia and I will continue to hysterically laugh about for years to come.