Day 39

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

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Monday, October 23, 2006

I had an almighty hangover this morning - except that it wasn't the morning anymore. I first woke up at 2pm and got up to go to the restaurant. I had a bowl of rice and vegetables and finished them off in quick time before heading back to bed.

We're in Chengdu to see the pandas but we haven't organised that yet. On the other hand we had hoped to have some chill-out time here so the inactivity isn't too bad.

At 6pm I got up for the second time that day and got showered. I wanted to go back to Shamrocks and watch the Liverpool Man Utd game. Steve also had to give Jack his clothes back so we set off. We clean forgot that it takes a good 50 minutes to walk to Shamrocks so we only got there in time for kick off. There were fewer people in the bar as it was Sunday but the ex-pat regulars were all in there. One guy called Clive is a very annoying bloke - always has something to say and is a bit of a nuisance. The football was tripe, Liverpool lost 2-0 and didn't look like ever scoring. Clive was having a go at the Aussie bloke behind me and all of a sudden the Aussie guy hit him full in the face and sent him flying! Clive got kicked out and the Aussie was allowed to stay which seemed a bit harsh. When Jack turned up we told him about the fight and Jack explained that Clive was the resident alcoholic and he was not even allowed in the bar after 10pm anymore because of his behaviour! Jack got the full story off the other ex-pats and found out that Clive has a permanent ban now. It turns out that although many of them wanted to, no one had ever hit Clive so the Aussie was enjoying some adulation for his indiscretion.

Jack headed off to a place called the Bookworm and we followed. It's a fantastic place, basically a bar/coffee shop/library all rolled into one. I found a book on nuclear proliferation by North Korea! - and settled down. The owner of Bookworm let us use his own laptop to get online and we spent a good hour or two there. There were a group of other westerners having a deep conversation about Chinese culture and it all felt very sophisticated for a while. I even imagined starting up a similar business when I get back home. What I will do when I get back home is still uncertain, so these thoughts are popping up pretty regularly while I'm away.
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