Lazy days and a bit of excitement in Tai'an
Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
72Trip End Oct 30, 2010
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Where I stayed
Taishan International Youth Hostel
Most of our time has been spent eating... or finding somewhere to eat... or going to the supermarket for food... or to the market (for food).
Yesterday, as my legs were feeling better, we decided to take a stroll around the Dai Temple. The weather was beautiful and we had a clear view of the mountian. It was a lovely quiet place, and a great relief to get away from all the honking horns and blaring megaphones
When we left the market the sky was starting to turn grey. The atmosphere had dramaticaly changed within just a few moments. Shops had started to shut their shutters... but it was only 2pm. Suddenly the cars on the roads started to go crazy, speeding past us and honking their horns (more then usual). When we turned the corner onto the main road huge blobs of rain began to fall and all we could see in front of us was a wall of sand. The wind was blowing it right in our faces and we could hardly see. By this point people in the street had stared running in all directions and the wind had gotten so strong that it had blown motorbikes over in the street! Dave and I had started to panic by now and were running too... though trying not to drop the food we had just bought. When we tuned onto our street there was mayhem. We got the camera out. Shop contents were being blown all over the street and some debries smacked Dave in the head. When we got into the large courtyard outside our hostel a huge sheet of steel got ripped off the side of the building by the wind... I thought it was going to slice my head off, Final Destination style! We sprinted in to the hostel (Dave struggling to push open the heavy red doors as the wind was holding them shut). The staff helped us inside. We were so relieved to be indoors! We were covered in sand and dirt, I even had sand in my teeth. Yuck.
It was so exciting
The pictures we got (as you can see) aren't very clear. But considering the state of panic, I think Dave did well. Lol. It rained heavily for about half an hour, then the skies cleared and it became a beautiful sunny afternoon.
Thankfully all our food from the market was intact and that evening I cooked dinner. It was disgusting. Really, it was gross.
Tomorrow we are headed to Shanghai. Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Japan part of our trip (we are both really gutted) so we have another month in China... which means another month without access to Facebook. Lol. But, after adjusting to the idea of another month in China we are actually really excited about the places we can visit that we wouldn't have had time to visit before.
Amy and Dave xx