Hangovers, washing and mice shops

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

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City Centre Hostel

Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Sunday, May 2, 2010

After a hard night at the office and a 03:30am end to the evening it was a long hard morning which was fairly unproductive. We went for a walk to a park in the glorious sunshine and it was nice to have the shorts back on.

We also went to a flea market of which every stall appeared to sell tattoos and stick on hair it was all rather odd. Erica was tempted to get a pair of the glasses with no glass in that are so popular here but for a pound she thought better of it. (see pictures from last night for an example).

We then went to 'pet market' which was rather horrifying really, lots of dogs kept in small cages, puppies and kittens. You could buy mice which were kept in plastic boxes which you could just put your hand in, although the babies were very cute. There were also lots of tortoises and turtles kept in little boxes as well as huge fish in tiny tanks. Obviously the Chinese also like to keep birds in the small cages as well so there were lots of these on display. We all saw snakes, sea snakes, scorpions, parrots among many other things. It all very interesting.

The rest of the day has been mainly taken up planning the next week and getting to Hong Kong. Considering all the options and the best value just seems to take up so much time. We are also booked in to visit a water village tomorrow which should be good, we've seen some pictures and are looking forward to it.

We are now considering what to do due to the Thai situation and the fact Reuters is now suggesting they are in a state of unofficial civil war which is just crazy. UK travel authorities are suggesting you simply should not travel to any part of Thailand which has pretty much thrown a spanner in the works of our previous plans.

Oh yes and I got to wash loads of clothes which I just love doing much to Erica's amusement although she did have to 'remind' me how to actually use clothes pegs as the washing nearly ended up on the floor. We still cant get rid of the smell of India.
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