I've gone relaxation silly...
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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The natural wonders of this region have gtiven me a lot of time just to sit and think
So, the last few days? Well, except for the cave and the rice terraces, I really haven't done much. I've cycled, wandered, lay around, written, read, sang, slept and eaten and drank in surroundings that remain silly beautiful. I have, however, started to get slightly irritated by one thing in Yangshuo - the tourists. I always think it's slightly hypocritical when a tourish himself complains about the effect of tourism. But I'm going to do it anyway. During May week, when the Chinese have a week off, everyone travels. And Yangshuo, already a major tourist town on any given day, seems to be the destination of choice for everyone. There are tourists everywhere. Absolutely everywhere - literally. Yesterday, I found 2 travellers in my backpack and one in my pocket. I didn't mind the 2 in my backpack so much, but in my pocket? I was really quite restrained as I politely asked him if he wouldn't mind leaving (hmm - abstract). The consequence of having so many tourishs around has been that it has propelled me to more and more far flung and random areas, armed with a didgy map and a bicycle. In fact, at this very moment as I pen this entry, I'm lost in random wilderness. I'm sure I'll find my way back (and indeed, if you are reading this now, I will have managed to find my way back safely). In addition to my dodgy map, I have a trusty compass (because compasses are always trusty) which informs me that to my North, NW, NNW, W, SW, S, SSE, SE and E there beautiful mountains
Meanwhile, the managing partner of the firm Herr Doktor and Associates aka Snags aka Sagensnegro aka Snaginho aka Big German aka Papa Bouba Snegiop aka Snaggers aka Paul, has confirmed that the World Cup tickets have arrived. Therefore, it's all systems go and all the kids are converging on Germany. Although being so thoroughly relaxed and loving Yangshuo, I admit that the excitement of the upcoming World Cup is certainly playing on my mind. I don't know if it's this excitement, or the silly beautiful mountains, or the beer from last night, or a combination of the three that is playing with my mind, but I swear that the peak presently right in front of me looks just like Harry Kewell, little spanish pony-tail and all. Really. I think I'll call this hill Kewell Shan.
Kewell Shan overlooks a couple of old rickety shacks which have roofs that structurally resemble those matress cubby houses I used to build as a kid
So, it's time to leave Yangshuo. Yangshuo has been...brilliant - relaxing, simple, thought-provoking and, of course, beautiful. I've met lots of great people here and hopefully I will return. Now hoever, I have a 30 hour train journey ahead of me to Shanghai. That equates to a lot of instant noodles.
So, to the Top 5. This topic relates to a matter than has brought me significant enjoyment over my period in CHina. Yangshuo has been better than most. You see, places that are well touristed by westerners are a goldmine for english phrases that are nonsensical, ridiculous and just fucking hilarious. So, the topic is Top 5 english phrases in Yangshuo.
5. "Not Bad View Hotel" - talking it up...
4. "Face a guest soil special product supermarket" - this one is great because it just makes absolutely no sense.
3. "Beer fish deserves respect" - on a restaurant famous for selling beer fish.
2. "Buy 10 beers, get 2" - great deal.
1. "Step forward for civilization" - above an automatic urinal.
Shanghai it is...