Ancient Capital, Ancient Internet Connex
Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
36Trip End Nov 23, 2010
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I spent the evening chatting with a lovely lady from Yorkshire who told me of her exploits in Malayasia - she was very, very funny. In my dorm (where I have a bottom bunk for the first time in a week), I chatted with my roommates, 3 young women from France and Holland. They are world travelers and made plans to go hike a mountain two hours away and return the same evening. I have to tell you, I was feeling a little badly in that I am doing more of the middle aged touristy holiday than the badass 20 something climb mountains and do kung fu in the same day tour
Spent this morning leisurely washing my hair (I hadn't in like 4 days), eating fruit and making plans for the next 10 days. Around noon, I left the hostel and walked around the city for about 6 hours. I saw some amazing things. Bell Tower, Drum Tower (my favorite) the Great Mosque, a dumpling dinner, etc. I roamed around the Muslim quarter for several hours. Many retailers had big grasshoppers in little cages next to them. I thought at first they were crickets but eventually stopped and used my dictionary w/a woman who showed me what they were. Two inches long - very loud. Also, there were some meat stalls there I stopped to look at and I literally have NO IDEA what kind of meat they were selling. I was thinking turtles. But then I thought maybe like livers - whatever nasty nast. On a positive note, I saw blue sky today for the first time in days - they saw Xian is as polluted as anywhere else - maybe I got lucky with a cleansing wind.
Tomorrow I booked a tour to see the Terracotta Warriors and some other sights. Tomorrow night I am taking the night train (a la GNR) to Pingyao - a UNESCO world heritage site that is sort of between here and Beijing. I am staying one night there (in my own room - hurrah) and then another night train (or not) to Beijing
I will not be uploading pics on this machine as I am convinced it is a dsl or a 128 bps circa 1998 line. I can't get into my email here either. So hold tight for the next destination and I will write then if I can.
China is amazing. Sichuan is my favorite so far - the food, the people, the culture - all top notch. I'll be sad to leave as I feel like I've only touched the surface. It's like trying to see Europe or Latin America in a month. Too much to do - too little time!
Ok I am off to eat some peanuts and read my book (again with the middle aged thing...) Until then...