Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Anyway, we still had my bed to stretch out on all day, and having put some of our ridiculous amount of luggage on the upper birth we spent the day watching the scenery and reading
The train had reached over 5000m during the night, and we both had headaches on waking and ice had formed on the inside of all the window panes. During the day however it must have begun the descent and we could switch off the oxygen and explore the train feeling fine. The scenery remained spectacular although very different. Snowy terraced farms flashed by as did huge, bleak mining towns. Prolonged stops at Xining and somewhere else meant we could disembark, get some fresh air and purchase bread and pot noodles. We were desperate for chocolate or crisps, but the Chinese prefer to snack on bags of dried beef or chicken legs/feet instead.
After sleeping all day, the lady opposite us suddenly woke up at 6 and started talking REALLY loudly to the father in our cabin
Politely trying them we realised they had a lot of bone, and were in fact 'neck!!!’ Looking over at our travelling companion, she was happily holding a large duck’s heat and enthusiastically sucking the meat out of its beak. She also ate the feet and legs – whilst we had to hide the rest of the neck under a pile of rice.
After her scrumptious snacks the lady went straight back to sleep for the night leaving the bag of dismembered duck open next to my bed. I slept all night with the rancid smell of warm poultry next to my face – grim! (But also quite funny! Who on earth brings an entire duck chopped up in a plastic bag on a train journey?) Weird.