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Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
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Monday, August 31st: Arrived Seoul, Korea 5:30pm their time. My connection was at 7:30pm so it worked out perfect. The flight from Seoul to Korea was a fast one. They actually got there 30 minutes early. As I waited for my Luggage I decide to call my friend and see if they were waiting for me.
Tuesday, September 1st: Got up a little late my body clock is going to be off for a few days. Everyone had already left to breakfast and work. I decided to ease into the China thing so I went to the restaurant near the Juice bar that serves western breakfasts. For less then $3.00 you get juice, tea, two eggs, bacon, a toasted cheese sandwich, which is expensive compare to the traditional Chinese breakfast. After I had my western breakfast I headed over to the 49 Juice Bar to catch up on all that was happen or going to happen.
A couple from Holland wanted to use the Juice Bar to give a talk and get some information about tourism
That evening the word got around and several of the regulars were there and very happy to have me back. The couple from Holland had a great time talking to the students and visa versa. I finally had to cut them all off about 9:30 I was getting tired.
Wednesday, September 2nd: Started my day with a tradition Yangshuo noodle soup. Full of all kinds of things, meat, vegetable, noodle, spices, seaweed and some things I could not tell what they were. I maintain my policy of just eat don’t ask. Total cost about 50 cents and I was full. After breakfast we all went and opened up the Juice Bar.
Had lots of foreigners into the juice bar that day 4 from London, a couple from France, a guy from Canada and the couple from Holland.
Tonight the couple from Holland ran the open talk. We did some fun introduction games. One of the games was where you picked out a post card from a stack on them and tries to relate the picture to an experience you had with a foreign person or place
Thursday September 3rd: Went and had breakfast at the 49 Juice Bar, oatmeal. Then we were invited to go and see my friend Julia new project. Julia has a nice shop on West Street with lots of clothing and other things at great prices. She had this idea of opening up a farmer style café on the bicycle route from Yangshuo to Moon Hill. She got some land that had a couple of springs on it and carved out some ponds out of the rocky ground and then built some eating huts around the big pond and a big kitchen
She hopes to open it in two weeks. Hopefully before the big holidays at the 1st of October.
Tonight Uncle Chen, Dawn’s Tai Chi Master came to cook us all a wonderful Chinese dinner. Not only a Tai Chi Master but also a master cook also. We had about 8 dishes including Beer Fish a local specialty. There was the staff and the couple for Holland and myself. Uncle Chen also brought us some of his infamous homemade wine. Which like the Greek resina takes a while to get use to.
After dinner the open talk group began to arrive. As usual we had a great discussion. The couple from Holland stayed. It is a real treat to have some other foreigners there for them to question and learn more about the world.
Friday, September 4th: Got the new wire to hook up to the internet at the apartment but now we think of service is where the problem is, so we will try to contact the phone company for helpwww.chinaculturalcenter.com and complete an application. They are also in the process of converting an old school into a hotel so the students can have hands on training. Finally got around to going to the police station to register. If you are not staying at a hotel you have 24 hours (I thought is was 72 hours because I thought we were considered a rural area) to register and tell the police where you are staying. Once we found that out it was no problem they just said remember it the next time. The last time I was here we tried to about 2 weeks to register but they had just moved into a new building and nothing was working right
Shelly a friend of my who is a teacher and own a small retreat across the river invited the couple from Holland and Dawn and I over for dinner. As we waited for her car to come and pick us up Julia came and said it was a “free day” to go and get fresh water river snails. I was not sure what she meant because I see people down at the river all the time looking for snails. We decided to go down and see. There were all kinds of people up to their knees in the river searching for snails. Dawn and Saskia (the girl from Holland) jumped right in. They found some pretty good size ones but Julia said most would only be good for snail soup.
We got a call from the driver he was at the 49 Juice Bar waiting for us so we gave Julia all our snails and head for Shelly’s. Shelly’s place is perched on a hill across the river from Yangshuo. It has one of the best views of Yangshuo. She is in the process of expanding some of her rooms into suites. This is a bar and restaurant as part of the retreat. Also there are walking paths through beautiful gardens. If you just wish to get away from it all you have to go to Shelly’s. We had a fantastic dinner her cook is local and some of the food is grown right there on the property. In the evening you sit out on the terrace and watch the sunset behind the hills of Yangshuo and then the lights of the city begin to come on. It is fantastic. If you want more information about Shelly’s you can go to www.itsaboutchina.com and go to Yangshuo and Places to Stay. The rates are really good.