Another one bites the dust
Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
98Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
at Taishan train station became more of a challenge than we thought. Our so
called bargain suitcase decided to slowly began to disintegrate in our hands.
First the helpful wheelie handle snapped off then the side handle came off in
our hands, we managed to lose a wheel
somewhere along the way and through all the dragging we now have some nice
looking holes in it to. Eventually we arrived at the station with our bag
looking worse for wear. All checked in and searched only to find out our train
was delayed by an hour
disappointed that we were only on it for 1 hour. All the passengers wanted to
talk to us to practice their English and offer us their seats however we
stopped in our least favourite place in China and had to get off. We lugged our bags outside and then back into
the train station of Jinan as we were only here for a connecting train. Believe
it or not Jinan looks quite pretty at night. Now we had to endure 3 hours of
waiting until our next train could take us all the way to Weihai. After playing
many games of 20 questions it was nearly time to catch our train. As we stood
up we noticed that most of the room were queuing up to catch the same train.
Great! We squeezed our way through the crowds onto the train within no time at
all. Once sat down it dawned on us that we were meant to sleep on this train,
after the last one we weren’t so keen
be on a Chinese train. When what felt to be a century was over we were finally
in Weihai. We were met by a man called Seo who was originally from Korea, he
took us from the station to get some breakfast before heading further into
Weihai to the camp. First impressions of Weihai, beautiful. While we were
driving I couldn’t stop looking around, most of the places we have been in
China have been quite dirty and dusty due to most of the county being a desert
but it was nothing like that here. The streets were clean and nothing seemed to
be chaos like everywhere else. I actually think they follow rules on the roads
here. The camp is quite far away from most things in Weihai apart from the
sea. One of the first things we did when
we arrived was jump in. The only negative I can think of at the moment is that
we are in separate rooms. Oliver is sharing with another guy called Chris on
the 3rd floor of the dorms while I am in the 2nd floor
sharing with 1 Chinese lady called Sharron and an English teacher called Kaila.
As more people arrived we took a trip down to the sea with some crates of beer
to soak up the sun. This is the life.