Back in China / De Vuelta en China
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
172Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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So last night was pretty rough for me. Note to self: bring some *good* ear plugs for the next overnight journey. The Chinese/Korean evidently don't give a damn what time it is; they'll still shout as loud as they please. I should've expected it though. On top of that, my head was hurting pretty bad and (of course) I didn't bring any headache pills. I had a cold sweat for an hour or two until I finally fell asleep. This morning I finally asked for some medicine, which I should have just done yesterday. Also, I took my first public bathroom bird shower which worked out better than expected.
Now, feeling refreshed and with the cool view of the sea surrounding me for miles and miles as far as I can see, I'm thinking of reading for a bit and/or practicing some Chinese. By the way, I asked for the medicine in Chinese. Heck yeah! ;)
I met a pretty cool guy named Zack from England. He just spent a few months in Korea visiting some friends and now he's off to China as well. we've spent a while up on the top deck talking for a while. I definitely feel a lot better now.
the weather is beautiful today, without a cloud in the sky. It's also pretty cool to see the other random freight and cargo ships floating by occasionally going from China to Korea or vice versa. It's nice just hanging out, not really worrying about having to go to work come Monday morning.
I'm writing this on the back of my guitar, on the side of the boat. I went out to the sun deck for a bit and played for a while. I also met a really nice Chinese group with whom I had my longest Chinese conversation so far. It was really fun and rewarding being able to actually communicate fairly well.
I left the deck wince they were starting to wash it down, but I might go back in a bit to read a bit. I've said it before, but it's really nice to see the immense expanse of the ocean. It's very peaceful.
I like having so much time to actually write all of these thoughts down; it's quite a change from what I'm used to. My two new friends (Zack from Scotland and Howard from England) are in the dining room eating some Korean food which, as anyone who knows anything about me knows, I'm not a huge fan of. so instead I had the usual instant Ramyon noodles with the help of the hot water boiler down the hall. We all bought our ticket for the bus to Beijing for 60 RMB (about 8USD - way too expensive, but we arrive to late to be able to take the bus or train the same night to Beijing). We also might all share a taxi since it seems we're headed towards the similar area in Beijing. Then I should, hopefully, be able to get in touch with Bruce and Peng Peng, my first hosts in Beijing.