Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
132Trip End Jan 04, 2012
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Is there anyone in the world as ill as the Chinese? They always sound sick. But only in places that can irritate westerners. This guy is coughing and spluttering seemingly just to get my back up. It is working. My back is so up, I am developing some kind of spinal curvature. They are loud, all the time. And now some other guy is standing at the doorway looking down on me reading "HelloOOO , HELLooooo" he says. "Hello" I say coldly.
I'm tired, I know - it's why I'm seriously irritable
He then starts to play annoying chinese pop on his mobile over the top of the annoying chinese pop being pumped out by the train. He means war. I read something about London kids doing this music playing thing apparently as they feel the need to share thier culture with others on the train. It is a sharing thing, and not at all anything to do with annoying the hell out of anyone and everyone around them. I can't help but feel the article must have been composed by an idiot.
A snigger goes across my face as I use the experimental section on my kindle and let "Sister Hazel (American folky pop that I for some reason like)" play just a tad higher than my new best friend. He quickly stops his music, as do I
I am very tired.
In Nanning we finally arrive and it is dark. We traipse along the high street to find the vietnam bus ticket office closed (8pm). Second option would be the train but it is unlikely we'll get a seat for the next day. Using information from seat61.com (MartinandKate at Travelpod.com recommended) we went straight to ticket booth 16, as apparently you queue everywhere else and get directed there anyway. The queue at ticket booth 16 was non-existent compared to the other 20 or so busy lanes and I got straight through to ask for tickets to Hanoi. She spoke English. It's a miracle. Ok, so she wasn't past about 30 words of english, but a hand drawn sketch later and I had two soft sleeper tickets for tommorow nights train to Vietnam - Really really really good advice from a website devoted to train riding by a person who I can only assume rides trains for a living (they seem a little obsessive about it). Train success.
As all hostels in Nanning appeared to be booked (there appears to be only 2), I was left booking a hotel through Hostelworld.com for 220 yuan (about 22 pounds)
At 10pm I had to discuss our requirements over the phone with someone clearly at home with the kids as the two receptionists did not speak a word of English. After a back and forth on the phone with me, the receptionist and the Hotel on call translator we were given a nice twin room, a more than we were expecting twin room - mini bar, air conditioning, buttons by the bed to turn on and off everything (which Kate exploited to great use - 'light goes on, light goes off, TV goes on, TV goes off etc etc).
I guess a hotel that charges by the hour and has sex oil and condoms for sale in the room just doesn't get much business with twin rooms. Selling some of these rooms on hostelworld is a stroke of genius as far as I'm concerned.
The brothel worlds loss is our gain. A great nights sleep.