Lazing by the black dragon pool

Trip Start Dec 02, 2009
Trip End Jan 25, 2010

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Thursday, December 24, 2009

coming into our current hostel in lijiang was quite the experience. as soon as we walked in mama naxi came bustling round the corner offering fruit, tea and a warm welcome. our Christmas feast that is planned for tommorow will unite all us travellers in celebration. But Iwouldn't say we're family yet. Today we crept around barriers and climbed elephant mountain to avoid paying the entrance fee and chilled out beside the black dragon pool, which is probably the most tranquil place to read and listen to the caged birds in the park. Last night we went to a dumpling house and met a retired couple from beijing. they took an instant liking to sarah and I, especially after they realised her chinese name was mountain fairy. It was quite weird when we all started cuddling each other and not really understaning each others chinese. In half an hour I was calling her aunty and even the owner was coming up and joinin the hug fest. At least if we go to beijing we have a slightly obsessive family to stay with. Apart from strolling the streets and sarah dressing up in traditional clothing we are chilliing out till after chrissie to depart on a 4 day trek through tiger leaping gorge. Merry Christmas. Shengdanjie kuaile!
Random tally
Ethnic groups stayed with: 4. Zhuang, Yi, Bai, Naxi
Techno merry christmas tracks heard: too many
secret photos or videos taken of us: 23
swarming groups of chinese taking photos of little western baby: 1
swarming groups of touring chinese groups randomly stopping directly in front of us: 1000000000000
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mark hansen on

was the western babys name Jesus?Have a holy christmas.
Love from us all.

Sami Carlson on


caroline Carlson on

Merry Christmas my mountain fairy and her beautiful partner in fairy happiness.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
It is pouring with rain here. The best present we could receive.
Love you
Love Mum xxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Jill Fisher on

Hi simon and sarah,
How exciting to talk to you tonight. I did a mother thing and worried about the cost and did not ask/tell you anything!! We had a happy Christmas here with some of John's family. 13 for Christmas day which was fun. Alice arrived Christmas Eve and left Boxing Day and is now on an island 3km in circumference monitoring turtles for two weeks. It is also a bird nesting site so they need to wear hats all day!! Ruth has just arrived in Dubai on her way to Europe for maybe 6-8 months. her phone worked there so we just had a chat which was lovely. Casey is in Italy with his parents and they will meet her in Venice shortly. Now I think you should avoid any future canyon hikes Sarah. just tell Simon you don't feel like them and stick to roads. less chance of dynamite. We had rain here over Christmas and the tanks are full and the grass is green again which is fabulous. Picked a big bunch of carrots this morning and we will have them tomorrow night when we have people over for NYE. We will have other stuff too. What did you do on Christmas day ( apart from playing a fabulous game called UNO!!) When is Chinese NY ? I seem to think Feb for some reason. Will you still be there then? We are off to a wedding on 2nd Jan. Lynne has made a platter for us for a present. We go to the Christian service at Hillsong at 9.30am in Sydney then off to Bowral for the Sri Lankin Buddist Service from 4 to 10pm. I still don't know what to wear!! They are a lovely couple and I think will be in Orange next year so when you are here I will have to introduce you. Malithi went through uni with Alice and then did dentistry and Carlos has done medicine. Then on the 15th we are off to Sydney then up to Qld to help Alice with the move to Melbourne when she gets back from the island. We are driving back to Orange with her and their dog Floppy( who is huge). So we have to drive from Bundaberg to Orange in one trip because it will be hard to stop overnight with Floppy!! Clinton, Alice's fiance is already working in Melbourne. We popped down for the weekend before Christmas to see him and young friends of ours from Japan who were there for Christmas with their baby. Melbourne is an exciting place to visit . Now you both, continue to have a wonderful trip but remember to stop occasionally to catch up with everything. Take care

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