Trip Start Aug 05, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Flag of China  , Zhejiang,
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Finally got the gout beat back enough to walk and bike around part of the lake and also managed to locate a bank to get cash from.   

   These local "Red bikes" are in certain areas around HZ and if you have a 300 Yuan membership card,  you can pickup or dropoff bikes all day long with no charge unless you keep it for an hour.    The bikes are tiny and in various stages of disrepair,  but when you find a decent one,  you can save a lot of walking in the houston like weather.  
Wish all cities had a deal like this one.  Sorry my chines keyboard is going nuts,  I'll try to get on later.  My nokia phone is broken so no more easy web posting for a while..... peace.

Still need to get a way to message and upload pics,  right now I'm on some Dutch kids computer,  hopefully I will be able to get my Apple up and running before long.  I made it to the big grocery store "Carrefour"  and looked for aspirin in the pharmacy section.   Nothing was in English,  as I scanned the walls for ibuprophen to no avail.  Then a miracle happened,   I saw the english word 'COLCHICINE"   among the bottles of Chinese medicine.    Colchicine is the anti gout medication that I am nearly out of and I bought a ton of the stuff for one tenth the cost I usually pay.    So the gout problem should be solved! 

    Met tons of people yesterday,   amazing how much people like you when your not whincing in pain.    Wound up walking with a group of 9 people from all over the world to a fancy Chinese restaurant in downtown Hangzhou.    Beautiful German girl on my left and a Japanese dude to my right,  Beautiful American lady from Georgia across from me,  a French girl, and three very kind Chinese hosts.   We had a ball.   The German girl starts eating a piece of cow stomach so I did the same,   after chewing it for a couple minutes she says "What is this?"   I indicated what it was,  well you had to be there.  

  Afterwards we all came back to the hostel and drank beer with more people including the Dutch kids whose computer I am using to transmit all this.    Yesterday made up for the three previous days.    I even learned to bargain with the rickshaw drivers to where they can't rip me off.   Gotta go for now!

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Sue B Anthony on

Beautiful photos! Except the last one... kinda disturbing. What is it? I am glad you are feeling better so you can enjoy every minute!

Robin on

All seems scary but I am glad you are enjoying it.

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