Trip Start Aug 02, 2006
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Scouring the city for hotels made it painfully clear that prostitution ran rampant in Mengla
After checking in to a clean, but sketchy hotel we took a few hours to explore the city individually. Even with a great group of people like we had, it's good to have some alone time now and then. I found nothing of interest on my walk. Some cute kids, pool halls and wet markets, but nothing that any other Chinese city didn't offer (although the preffered method of smoking in southern China appears to be through a bong rather than a cigarette).
We reconvened and looked for a place to eat dinner. The first restaurant blatantly tried to rip us off, by quoting us prices that were double what was printed on the menu. They knew we were tourists and tried to take advantage of us. So after making a small scene, we got up and went across the street. We ate a simple dinner and were joined by "Joking Jackie", the friend of the restaurant owner's son. Conversation didn't stray far from the normal conversation topics we generally cover when talking to Chinese people, but he was a nice enough kid.
After dinner we walked back to the hotel and decided to look for a DVD to watch before we went to bed (Lance had his laptop with him on the trip). The DVD stores in Mengla seemed to be a little behind the times and nothing looked particularly appealing to us, I did however manage to find a hilarious looking CD called 'The Monsters Project 2002' which I couldn't avoid buying.
We called it an early night and went back to the hotel room and watched a few episodes of the 'The Office' (the American version, which has since overcome my overwhelming prejudice and won me over) before getting into bed. The sooner we fell asleep the earlier we could wake up and leave Mengla behind us.