Day 29

Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Friday, October 13, 2006

After getting our things together and grabbing some lunch, we headed down to the train station for our 2pm trip to Luoyang. It was only a six hour journey but after the hellish trip from Beijing to Xi'an we opted for a hard-sleeper compartment. This compartment was a notch down from the trans-siberian compartments but it was several notches up from the seats! There were six beds this time in the compartment, two banks of three, so the top bunk was pretty high up. Me and Steve had the bottom bunks and we had worried that the four from above would want to sit on our beds as they were at seat-level. To combat this we quickly spread ourselves out on the bottom bunks and the rest of the people got the message and went into their bunks to lay. The journey was comfortable enough until Steve opened the window - we couldn't get it shut again so I had the last three hours with a strong breeze in my face.

Luoyang train station was smaller than Xi'an or Beijing, in fact the city is the same size as Xi'an - 6 million people. Since we were the only westerners off the train we had the entire set of touts on to us immediately. You have to remind yourself that you're not being physically threatened because it can feel like that. We gave firm responses to their propositions and kept walking, we had about 12 people still following us including one guy from the hostel we intended to stay at. He walked us there and we checked in. It was eerily quiet and the hostel part was floor 7 of a larger building. It didn't have a bar so we went off in search of one. We ended up in the only other youth hostel in town, that was empty too but at least they had a friendly receptionist and some refrigerated beer. At midnight we left the hostel, found some street food, and got back to ours for sleeping.
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jamesthomas on

Good Stuff
Keep up the writing Rob, everyone I've forwarded this site onto are really enjoying the updates.
Don't know if you've checked the Fantasy Football but you're still winning our tenner in league which is mildly annoying since I doubt you're getting as much football info as we are. If you win I'll collect everyones tenner and bring it over to Australia next year.
It was good to hear from you yesterday and I hope that our discussion on the pro's and con's of communism didn't bring down the wrath of the thought police in China.



kevbirm on

Hardship and Endeavour
Great to read the intrepid adventures of the man from Gloucester!
Am struggling to understand the attraction of spending so much time in beautiful parts of the world, eating out, experiencing local customs and friendships along with spending time in the company of an apparent army of young ladies from various Nordic countries.
I'm fully expecting the next entry to involve an Aston Martin and a megalomaniac who is trying to take over the World !

barreb on

Michael Palin
or is it Michael Palin, this is brilliant stuff mate and I am very jealous

I hope Man U stuff Liverpool on Sunday.

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