An Angel and a chat with Joy
Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
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Finished packing my pack and for the first time have the daypack attached to the main pack. It's really heavy. This won't be good. Walk to the ferry terminal, over to Central, take the Star Ferry over to Kowloon, one long walk to the subway station, then 1 stop to the inter-city train station. Yup. The pack is heavy.
I'm a little early and hang out. Time to get on the train. Car #7. Seat #1. My seat mate is a pretty young woman. Unfortunately she moves to an empty row as the train gets on it's way. Oh well, at least I now have 2 seats to myself. This part of the journey is on the high speed train. Maximum 140 km/hr.
Two hours later we arrive at the East Gungzhou train station. I get through immigration without a problem. Next is finding a taxi to bring me cross town to the West Train Station. I'm coming down an escalator and a guy comes up indicating taxi. He grabs my backpack and starts walking outside towards his car. On the way out we pass a booth with Taxi marked overhead. As we head out the building it's raining and this guy is quickly moving in a direction where there are no taxis and across the street. Hmmm! What have I gotten myself into?
We get to the car (a minivan) that doesn't have a taxi light or markings on it. Definitely a private "taxi". We agree on a price and I pay him. Off we go. A half hour later we get to the train station. There seems to be about a million people there. It's a real zoo.
I get in line to cross security prior to even getting into the building. Then another line. Then put my stuff through an x-ray machine. There's another million people inside the building. Not exactly, but the building was wall to wall people. I get to the waiting hall for my gate. There's a few empty seats against a far wall. I grab the seat at the end.
A short while later I notice a young lady, her mom and younger brother and sister grab a couple seats across from me and one a couple seats down from me. For what ever reason the young lady keeps on looking in my direction and smiling. Then the guy next to me leaves and the whole family moves next to me.
The young woman grabs her camera and takes a picture of her mom and siblings aiming the camera in my direction. She starts laughing as I must be in the picture. I try and move over so that I'm not in the photo. For whatever reason we bonded at this moment. The young woman, whom I'll call Angel, wants to take my picture. Then they offer me some food. Then they ask to see my train ticket. Mine says 13 and 9 and they show me theirs that says 14 and 10. Then they indicate that we should switch tickets indicating that the little girl can fit in my bunk easier. Well, that's what it seemed they were trying to tell me. The whole conversation was smiles and gestures, and whole lot of laughing on their part.
We have a long way to walk to our train cars. Angel making sure I'm right behind her. Yes, I've been adopted. Either that or she thinks she's found someone to bring her to Canada. Not that I'd mind. She is quite beautiful.
Then we get to train car 13 and she indicates mine is the next car. Hmmm! Guess we aren't that close to each other. Angel says goodbye.
This doesn't make sense anymore. I find my berth. Or actually, I find the row but haven't the faintest idea which bunk, top, middle, or lower. I sit on the side for a while. The train departs. Then the train employee comes by and takes my ticket and gives a plastic card. The card indicates that I'm in the top bunk. Well this goes against what I believed the bunk switching was all about. As I'm sitting along the aisle I notice a woman sitting on the bunk across from me. She smiles. Then she comes over and sits on the bunk next to me. Her name is Joy.
That was the end of her. Gone. Angel and her sister must have shared a bunk while the one next to me was empty all night. The next morning Angel returned the comforter, turned around and left.
I layed down in the bunk a short while later and fell asleep.
Many many thanks to my Angel whose real name will forever remain unknown.