Cheerless Campers, Healing at The Hump

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 04, 2012

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Saturday, August 27, 2011

The wear and tear of 8 hours on a train are suprisingly significant. That is the only excuse we really have for having our least productive day in China and it was long overdue. The customary trip to Carrefour on saturday provided us with a selection of goodies, while for probably the first time we started thinking a bit about home and things we have already missed out on. Early on in the week we had been thinking about the youth camp we usually attend this time of year, and for the first time in 20 years we've missed it - sad when we sat and dwelled on it, however if I'm going to miss it for something - I'm glad its doing this. I woke up on thursday morning, and the first thing that popped into my mind was the game we play with some of the kids on the wednesday night that within 15 minutes would be drawing to a close (midnight in the UK) - it was a quiet few moments for me that brought me down for a few hours. Both me and Kate have talked about the people at camp this week, and we've missed it thoroughly - even being across the world and busy to distraction can't seem to break the link that we've built over years and years - it's the reason me and Kate are together having met there and therefore on this trip in the first place. So as we walked around Carrefour we realised those at camp would be waking and preparing to tidy up and go home - a mere millisecond after getting there in our time, and that by the time we get back preparations would be in full swing for next year - and having a years break, touch wood, we will be there and glad to be there instead of the usual 'is it really worth it for how tired and broken we feel' thoughts.
So for those at camp - we know you all had a wonderful time, we missed you all dearly, and look forward to carrying on being part of things next year.

Moving onwards! A stroll through the pedestrian area of Kunming (which annoyingly seems to include mopeds, scooters, bikes and anything else that isnt pedestrian) showed a busy yet wholly generic city moving in the direction of development. A less than satisfactory customer services performance by what must be the most efficient cashier in China, if not the world, threw our items at us as if they had some form of viral disease and shu-ed us on our way, but thankfully she did nothing to dispell our otherwise positive view of this provincial capital. The streets were generally clean, friendly and packed with blind street masseurs working their magic in the street and children paddling mini-steamers across a tiny lake.
A computer session to book flights and check the news broke up the day and gave us the pre-game information on Irene devastating the states. We read, played cards and knocled back cheap beers on the comfortable terrace as the sun slowly descended behind the urban sprawl. The neon lights across The Hump terrace give the place a bit of a holiday feel, and with the coctails for Kate we went to bed relatively happy with our new home.
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