Lot of rice, noodles and tea.
Vivid. Interesting. Crowded.
I hv never felt so foreign before. Met all sort of asians, the guys r pretty sweet. Taking me out for dinner, paying my tickets, carrying my case… not used to this. At all! N if I dare say No, they get embarrassed.
It must be that I travel alone with an iconic suitcase that attracts the locals. Everyone asking if I’m on my own like its a big deal, then all they want is a photo, ok maybe 20 more and that makes their day.
I headed south after Beijing, braved the crowded station. Got like half an hour finding a bank that accepts my card before departure. Got in a tuk-tuk, Number 1 driver gave it up after the third, but decided to keep my suitcase. Thanx god the traffic was heavy enough to catch him. Number 2 driver was so out of mind, driving very much like he was playing a video game and only got 3 min to level up, but the roads here have no rules at all n horns are used as a way of telling everyone to back up, ur in a rush n hv no intention to slow down. I nearly throw up. Much to my surprise, we both arrived in 1 piece, of course the train was delayed. I met this dude at the station, who first started playing on my laptop, munching on sunflowers seeds, spitting the shells out onto my suitcase then burped in my face, later on took a photo of me from 3 diff angles, finally asked me to marry his son who is only ten years older then me. When I found out we got seated next to each other on the train which is a 9 hour long ride, I wanted to shoot myself. Then actually had fun playing some chinese game, tho` he put some very weird music on. Was praying that they would sell earplugs onboard, but my hope died fast and the dreaded migraine kicked in full force.
In Datong joined some guys to see the grottos, giant caves and the Hanging buddhist monestry that is built into a cliff 75m above the ground. Then made my way down to Xian, did break the journey and stopped at Ping Yao which I regret a little. Don`t get me wrong, the ancient town is truly amazin, rolled around the wall n skated the streets but felt like an ice cube, way too cold there. Plus I met a cheeky fuckin monkey who gave me a kiss right on the injury that is on my upper lip. Great.Cought a cold. Fever. Vomiting. N prob a disease from the monkey. It was an 8 on a 10 pain scale but after 3 days of agony, now feeling a little better thanx to some magic pills, still wanted to be on the safe side so went to hosp. 2 random chinese took me there. U pay 100 RMB for a hosp card n they will have u. Sounds easy. No english speaking doc tho`, n the guys with me were a little hopeless too. Gaven called his wife n she managed to translate for us, other then that had to improvise so in the end I was making funny animal sounds and blowing kisses to the doc in order to illustrate what has happened.. Probably thought I was nuts n nearly sent me for a headscan. Managed to get my chest x rayed n had blood test after 6 hours hassle, but before I could hv the results the blokes had vanished n so as my hosp card. I was gonna go back to the hotel to find them n ask them to give the doc a call coz we can`t communicate. When I asked his number he deffo thought I was flirting with him, n wanted to give me a lift while on his shift. Mental!
Appearently I`m gonna live, but hv to eat plenty of bananas. (:
Hv been out to see the terracota warriors 2day.
Got a new room mate who just checked in, its 2 pm now n he`s already smashed. Hm. My Next stop is Shanghai, going to hit up the biggest skatepark in the wolrd tomorrow. An 18 hours journey to get there, with a standing ticket aka seatless class coz booked my ticket at the very last minute. God help me! Gotta be pissed to do it n to bear this cold. Think this chap just opened a bottle of vodka.. Guess its a pretty cool way to stay warm. Aloha