Best train ride, ever

Trip Start Aug 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today was the best train ride ever.  That's actually almost all that today was.

We woke up early, got baozi on the (rainy) way to the subway, and took the subway to Beijing Nanzhan, Beijing South Station.  It was so luxurrriiouusss and beautiful for Beijing, since it is the new railway station for the express trains to Tianjin, and soon enough, Shanghai.  We had a fun ride with soft seats (there are hard seats, soft seats, hard sleepers, and soft sleepers on Chinese trains).  I have to tell Joanna -- Nanjing was amazingly beautiful as we went through.  Both of us were absolutely amazed at how stunning it was, even just from the train!  Shandong province was also really beautiful, with a lot of mountains above the train.  That makes me happy, because Shandong Restaurant is my favorite Chinese food in Oakland :-P

BEST train ride ever, though, because of how we laughed about "dazi," which is the Chinese for "to type."  It literally means, "to strike characters," but "da" also means to hit or to beat.  So we started laughing about what if it were like you were beating the keyboard.  Then, a thing of amusement the whole ride long had been how the Chinese people in our compartment would look at us and were so curious about us, and we would talk to each other in Italian about how they were looking at us.  Well, when we were talking about Chinese words, the guy in our compartment found my Chinese amusingly terrible most likely, and then he understood why we were laughing about "da zi."  He urgently did not want to make it known that he was laughing with us, so he covered his face.  I pretended I was laughing about "da zi," when really I was laughing about the fact that we had made a Chinese person laugh.  I could not get over it.  So I laughed so hard that I hit my head on the built-in TV, all the while noticing this guy trying harder not to laugh, all the while laughing even harder because it was too amusing.

Keep in mind that we had primed him.  I had been practicing Chinese with Elise over the hours, practicing saying things like "Wo hen re.  RIiiiii RIIIIiiiiiieeuuuhh." = "I'm very overheated.  Hot.  Hottttt," because the "ri" sound was hard for me to make, but to him it must have sounded bizarre.  Silly waiguoren, he was all too ready to laugh at me.

We felt very accomplished that we made him laugh.  I think we all had a lot of fun in that car.

Then we arrived in Shanghai, and Elise's family/hosts picked us up.  Shanghai is amazingly beautiful, too, and so bright and modern.  It is very different from Beijing.  I'm very excited to explore for the next few days!
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burntsienna on

aww i'm glad you like nanjing :)
you make me wanna visit again haha

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