How much fun can you have in a rickshaw?

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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On a train (hard sleeper)

Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Thursday, April 22, 2010

After a good nights sleep we dropped off our laundry with reception, enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the hostel and began our tour of the sights that the city had to offer.  It was lovely weather today thank goodness so great for walking the streets.  We made our way to the South Gate of the city walls to hire a bike, yes, a bike, GET UP OFF THE FLOOR!  We climbed the wall and found the bike shop, only to find to my delight that they did tandems!  After convincing Andrew we didn't need a bike each we made our way around the 14km in about 1 hour.  I must admit I didn't peddle the whole way...but Andrew didn't find out until 3/4 of the way round.  Anyway, a lot of fun was had.  Next we went to the Muslim Quarter, where Andrew treated himself to a 50p head massager and a replacement for the Argos watch that got smashed in the surf in Goa.  A lovely Nikey number for 3 pounds.  I wonder how long it will be until that falls apart?  We also took a look at the Great Mosque but it was too dear to go in (5 pounds each) so we gave it a miss.

Back at the hosel we collected our train tickets for our journey to Chengdu later that night and met back up with Rorie and Emer who had had a similar day to us.  After a few beers we asked if our washing was ready, bearing in mind we were leaving in the next few hours, we were told it would be ready tomorrow morning - oh dear.  We explained that we had told reception that we needed it all the same evening and the housekeeper swiftly brought down two bags of clothes some still damp but that was O.K.  Andrew started looking through one bag and found a pair of jeans, combats, towel and top that wasn't ours, fortunately all our stuff seemed to be there.  We handed the rest in as it wasn't our size, joke!

We ordered food before we left and Tom, one of the staff who had been taken with Andrew's magic tricks and taught him a great elastic band trick came over and just asked Andrew whether "he had a microphone?"  Now we didn't think to pack one, was that remiss of us?  We were all wondering what on earth was going to come next as on an earlier night we all had to give a bit of a talk on our travel stories.  He later came around with a camcorder filming but nobody was asked to do any turns or anything, phew!  It came time to leave and Jia Jia had appeared so we got to see her before we left, Tom disappeared to get us a cab from down the street and reappeared with a rickshaw!  We all looked at each other as if he had gone bonkers but then Tom, Jia Jia, and the driver between them packed the four of us and four rucksacs and 3 day scas in to the vehicle.  It was hilarious we couldn't see anything as everything was so tighly wedged in and everything was on top of us.  It was one of the funniest journeys we have had so far, madness!

At the station we found that our train was delayed by an hour and a half so we had a few beers and waited in the heaving waiting hall.  We stocked up on beer for the train and got some coke for the rice wine that we had bought (70%).  When we boarded the train was in darkness as lots of people were asleep already,we finished the beers and had a dabble on the rice wine and coke before getting up on to our bunks ourselves.  The journey to Chengdu was scheduled to take 15 hours so that could mean a lovely long sleep tonight, we hoped. 
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