Day 7 - Thunderstorms and Pirate Swings
Trip Start Aug 08, 2006
14Trip End Aug 23, 2006
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Watched Lijiang TV for a bit in the hotel room. They only have like 3 channels. One seems to be 24 hour soaps (in old traditional sets and costumes), and one seems to be gameshows all the time. All of them had the audio dubbed really poorly, and they all had chinese subtitles (probably due to the language difference)
Breakfast/lunch at the Prague café, we're sitting here listening to the best of Nat King Cole, such a great change of pace from the horribly uber-cheese music they continuously play at the packer's café where we've eaten a couple of times.
Another mixed couple walks in the door. I've noticed many of them since I've been here. I don't think I find it _that_ odd really
After lunch just went out randomly walking and Discovered a whole new part of old town.
We were shopping for random things, a wood carving for Rebecca's grandparents
Another thunderstorm started and we found a little restaurant that had tables outside, just barely under cover of the overhang. And the seats would have to be described as pirate swings. Simple wooden plank seats on ropes suspended from about 12 feet up. We sat in the thunderstorm on the pirate swings and ate popcorn and yunnan tea. (Well, Rebecca just had warm water).
Saw building new bldings being build. Lots of amazing carpentry. Sometimes with nothing more than a hatchet and a handsaw. AMAZING wood carvings just in the sides of these buildings. The kind of thing that you're put up in and art gallery in the US, but here it's just a basic job that somebody has been doing for hundreds of years.
In the time I've been here, I've realized that China does a pretty good job of finding jobs for people. Time and again I've seen work that would usually be done with machines, or at least the help of machines. But they just throw dozens of people at it, and it gets done
Diner at "Mamafus" i.e. "Mama Fu's"
-rice in wooden bucket
-kung pao chicken
-sweet and sour pork
--tasted like american BBQ
-naxi bread with veggies
--the bread this time was way better
REALLY Bad apple pie
-0.5 oz ice cream
Went to tea shop, they were everywhere in Lijiang. I thought we'd just browse, but they want you to sample it! So they have this whole setup where you sit down with the owner and dring tea together. That's cool by itself, but they've got this amazingly intricate process they go through to prepare the tea and poor it for you and everything
Went back to "The Well" bistro for some chocolate cake and ice cream.
Back to hotel room to repack everything to get it ready for storage while we hike the great wall.
Once again, it pays to ask. Rebecca asked about getting to the airport and early checkout times. And the lady at the hotel told us 5:30 was to early to get up, 6:00 would be much better. She also told us that essetially, finding a taxi that early would be very difficult, so she would call one for us and he could come help us carry our things.