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Trip Start Jun 15, 2006
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Trip End Aug 26, 2006


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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

This is the Word doc i mentioned in my previous blog ...

China, Jinan - Day 5
Maree's early morning seeing Iain off and cooking him breakfast ... flea market with Lulu for decorations ... bartering ... setting up Coffee Today for redhead teacher Cath's farewell ... posting dvds ... choosing Chinese name for maree ... Cath's farewell ... relatively early back to apartment ... blog troubles ... typing then talking then typing then talking caused website timeout ... packing for Beijing ...

China, Beijing - Day 1
Early train ... 7:30-12:00 ... getting stared at in train terminal ...
Arrive Beijing, find hostel ... no rooms ... Leo 2 ... 300-350yo Chinese courtyard building (Shanglin Hostel, 10 mins walk from Tiananmen square, famous "slap-up recreational place" at the time ... market street ... peddlers everywhere, very constant and persistent ... within minutes being offered dvds and jiggy-jiggy ... clothes and handbags ... beggars, but not quite as many as Australia, real unfortunates not druggies ... Tiananmen square ... more peddlers ... more bartering/haggling ...
Tiananmen Square
Huge flat area, four revolutionary statues, obelisk to heroes, across road from forbidden city, lots of police and guards, buses everywhere, lots of people.
Hostel, wandered streets, taxi driver who got lost, early night.

China, Beijing - Day 2
Forbidden City
Early rise, meander across Tiananmen square, across road (sorry ... though tunnel) to FC ... met British tourist wanting photo ... told us about garden in BL corner ... lots of pagodas, lots of side rooms with mini-museums ... main central pagodas covered in scaffold and shadecloth for renos (Beijing Olympics?) ... One had representative painting of pagoda on side ... Starbucks ... Maree's world tour of Starbucks ... Imperial Garden ... effing stunning ... great photo ops ... Taxi back to hostel ...
Shower and change and back to meet Greg and Vivienne ... Beijing Duck in Beijing ... blues bar (aussies in china watching American blues band in bar owned by Irishman ...) very late night!!!!
(Maree left early, market street very strange with no people or shops open. Dark and wet.)

China, Beijing - Day 3
Met Greg and Vivienne for breakfast in western bakery next to Starbucks. FAB croissants.
Silk Market
Caught train to station ... found market after sitting on corner of same for 10 mins looking for it ... right behind us ... discover REAL joy of bartering for serious ... they hated me, got sworn at ...bought lots for about A$100 ... lulu missed out on usa visa, very upset ...
Hostel ... bus trip to acrobatics, just made it, was still hot and sweaty from market ... more peddlers at theatre, swarmed maree and I because we knew few bartering words ... bus driver had laugh, said Tigwila when handing over tickets to show ... fab show ... went looking for restaurant ... caught in rain ... found szechuan restaurant ... met PSB who speakers 14 languages, baton runner for 2008 beijing Olympics ... back to hostel ... beer and chats ... bed ...

China, Beijing - Day 4
Maree back to Jinan at lunchtime ... great wall tour Mutian Yu ...
Great Wall of China - Mutian Yu
Specacular ... hard work ... cloudy/hazy/drizzling ... very steep ... went beyond track to find unrenovated wall ... two SA, fam 6 Utah ... met M&D from Knox City ... Cable car up ... toboggan down ... V.COOL!!! ... very blistered feet after silk market ... dinner got some v.yum S&S pork ... went Chinglish hunting ... torrential rain ... Bai Jo Aguada 56%, 3/3.5y for 100mL.

Night alone, packing to fly out early tomorrow morning. 7:00am taxi pickup.

China, Beijing - Day 5
Up early ... got hostel mini-bus to airport ... check in no probs except for open water bottle, just scent tested ... Huge que at Starbucks ... killed time b4 boarding at 10:00 ... transferring at Frankfurt for Warsaw ... 10+ hours Beijing to Frankfurt, 2+hrs Frankfurt to Warsaw.
Frankfurt
Security checked twice ... shut down whole wing ... made everyone go through security again ... feeling jetlagged ... 4pm Frankfurt is 10pm Beijing ... Was hoping Trevor and Claudia didn't want to go out tonight ... Trevor on his flying pills, should be feeling groggy ...
Two and a half hours until I meet up with Trevor.

Poland, Warsaw - Day 1
Off plane ... delay at passport with 7' tall Russian team of something ... didn't have EU, EEU or CH passport but got tired of waiting and went through that line anyway ... met T&C ... back to Dianne's house (Canadian embassy), last minute loaner ... out for vodka bar, bar made of ice, closed unfortunately ... off to another pub for dinner ... back to house.

Poland, Warsaw - Day 2
Russian market, clothes, sunglasses etc ... brunch at Sphinx restaurant on point of large traffic intersection ... off to supermarket for bbq at Austrian embassy ... group of Austrian, German and UK ex-pats on polish soil.

Poland, Warsaw - Day 3
Wilanow Castle ... beautiful ... fab gardens ... four hours walking ... back to house for another bbq ... late night ... early morning ...

Poland, Warsaw-Krakow - Day 4-1
Early morning ... train to catch ... off to Krakow ... countryside similar to sth gippy ... crappy train ride ... 8 per cubicle plus one toddler ...
Krakow
Off train ... taxi to apartment ... pretty crappy space ... 2br is one br and pullout couch ... smelly ... huge pile of rubbish out back ... no door on bathroom straight into kitchen ... off for walk around all arvo ... beautiful city ... stunning architecture ... bit castle nearby ... overlooks all of Krakow ... other street very narrow and windy ... buildings very European (duh!) ... back to apartment, out for dinner, early night for trip to Auschwitz.

Poland, Krakow - Day 2
Up early ... walk to Radisson for bus trip to Auschwitz. Catch bus ...
Auschwitz
Very spooky ... strange calmness ... tours through bunk houses ... rooms with photos ... rooms with piles of female hair, glasses, suitcases with names and DOB and DOA, adult and kids shoes, chamber pots, hairbrushes ... into courtyard between two barracks to view wall where thousands murdered ... external view of suffocation chamber ... tour through dungeons and torture chambers ... famous priest - St Maximilian Kolbe - (20th centry martyr - Westminsters Abby)standing prisons, four per chamber ... into original gas chamber and crematorium with ovens ... back onto bus ...
Burkenau
Off bus as Auschwitz 2 - Burkenau ... massive place ... saw dorm rooms of prisoners ... saw bathrooms of prisoners ... chimney remains of large areas ... up observation tower to view from above ... trainline ...
Trevor - train track because it went to the sun set and was where people came in their 10s of 000's - most terrifiying item was hair from 150,000 women that would be used to make cloth for army uniforms.....childrens shoes and spectacles.
Back onto bus, back to hotel ... crossing through park ... went to take photo ... no camera! ... back to Radisson ... called buslines ... sat and drank cocktails and ate until heard camera was en route via taxi ... taxi to train station ... back to |Warsaw for football and dinner. Early night ... packing ... very early taxi ...

Poland, Warsaw - Day 6
v.early taxi ... off to airport ... flight to London ... first time flying with Trevor ...
landed at Heathrow ... mini-cab to John and Roberto's house ... refreshed ... wandered streets looking for smoked chicken ... three supermarkets ... got wet in rain ... back to house ... home-cooked dinner ... early night ...

England, London - Day 1 Thursday
Caught underground out to see Trevor's grandparents ... quick visit ... back into city ... met up with Mel at old pub where she worked ... quite a few pints with lunch ... off to old bar of Trevor's ... karaoke (!!!) ... off to Chinese restaurant ... back to house ... bed ...

England, London - Day 2 friday
Into city ... wandered streets of west end, Westminster, Trafalgar square, Leicester square ... Buckingham palace, St James park for the white duck|!!!houses of parliament, big ben, river bank, London eye ... Avenue Q ... out to bar with J&R ... bed ...crash ...

England, London - Day 3 Saturday
Up relatively early ... into city ... more wandering national gallery ... off to see Evita ... more of trevor's old haunts cleopatra's needle ... back to house ... early night ... off to bbq for Alan's birthday ... very late and boozy night ... back to house ...

England, London - Day 4
Train (trains!) out to Trevor's grandparents ... lots of underground works ... "day's camel trek" ... Trafalgar square station ... burger king ... hair bigger than burger ... train trip to grandparents ... mini-cab to GPs ... met Brenda and Eric (... and Candy) ... back with them to their place ... stopped at place reminded me of pt franklin ... famous mud race ... Mawdon something ... roast beef and gamon roast dinner ... yorkshire puddings ... red wine ... late night ... Cousin Michelle and martin (john spouce) daughter Bekkie stunning and Olly ....

England, London - Day 5
Off to Brentwood to meet trevor's aunt (patricia) Trishafor trip up to Ellen's, Alec and Sian's ... frightened for my life ... remind me to tell you ... van, dogs, tyres, headlights, alternator, tow truck, hire car, driving through English countryside ... 9 hours for 3 hour journey.
Arrived at Ellen's ... Trevor me Elissia ... and Tina ... shit, shower and champagne ... out to dinner ... BIG News we have to come back next June for the Elwell Wedding Special.

back to Alec and Sian's for night ... boys up talking and bonding ...

England - Rugeley - day 6

Slept in till 10:30 (after going to sleep at 4:50am). Trevor decided to use the S& M mask to keep out the light (you remember the sample from China)

Trevor went to Northhampton with Trish for the car (with alec). This took another whole day. Two days for trisha's bloody car. After arriving at car pound we waitied for AA and they checked to find altinater gone. - then we had to wait for a tow truck - that's it 15 mins total contact hours and the rest waiting or driving - arhrhrhrh

Pete - went shipping with sian - made bbq supplied for Alec's firemen friends on a men's bonding weekend ... started on blog

England, Rugeley - Day 7
Alec and Sian working ... We picked up Ellen and Trish (eventually ...) and went off to Stoke-on-Trent to visit Wedgwood factory ...
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