Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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Steve and I took a bus into the main part of Dali and did some shopping. I didn't have a warm jacket for the mountain trekking we'd been doing lately and was glad to find a great brand-imitation one from an outdoor shop
We walked into a Muslim noodle restaurant and it felt good that we were in the sort of place that we wouldn't have gone anywhere near a few weeks ago. It was grubby, had staff watching tv, no English menu, and all the raw vegetables on display out front. The reason it felt good was because it felt normal to be in that kind of place and not being particular about petty things like hygiene certificates or laminated English menus. The food was top drawer as expected too - excellent!
Back at the guesthouse Arjen and Audrey had arrived from Lijiang so we had a drink and played some of the "kicky-thing" game with Antonio out on the lawn. Not sure if I've mentioned "kicky-thing" before, but it's a game with a shuttlecock type thing - instead of a round base for a racquet to hit it has a square base for a foot/chest/head or anything else you can throw at it. The idea is to keep it up in the air for a long time. I'd seen 50 year old women doing this with great ease in tight circles back in Luoyang, but we were all pretty useless and thankfully the thing broke before long and we could go inside for a nice cool beer.