Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
40Trip End May 26, 2009
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I (EW) am better woohoo! The evil cold has pretty much gone, although I spent a couple of days feeling pretty miserable. When we left Hangazhou in the morning of the 25th it was still throwing it down with rain, its a shame really becuase it really is a beautiful place but events seemed to conspire against us there to make it not so good, between the apalling weather, snoring blokes, being abandoned in the rain, dodgy computers, being cold and having colds it wasn't the best few days. Ah well its all part of the fun.
The train ride was quite uneventful, we had bottom bunks which was good as we could sit up in the daytimes, the train was also really empty, none of the bunks above the bottom ones were full in our carriage, which was very nice as it does get a bit cozy when all the beds are filled. We woke up on the day of emmas birthday and had our own little celebration, I had bought her a small tripod as she loved Toms when he was around, and shes a big fan of timer switch function so she appreciated it
The island itself is pretty cool, its about 2km square and we walked it in an afternoon, there are no cars/bicycles/motorbikes whatsoever, only some electric golf cart things and the locals use these handcarts to move stuff around which is pretty awesome, see the pic
We celebrated Emmas bday by having a few beers and watching a film after our trek round the island. Today we just wandered round some more, and sorted out a place to stay on the mainland for a couple of days.
All in all its been a nice peaceful couple of days compared to all the issues we had in Hangzhou, so we've been relaxing and appreciating the lack of rain.
Until next time :)