September 27, 2006 - Guyuan, China
It's an 8-Seat Town
1.3 billion people on vacation. And not a train seat to be found.
Went to the bank to open my new account - a story within itself, imagine banking woes in another language - and tried to buy a train ticket. First I asked for a ticket to Taiyuan in Shanxi.
The grumpy lady looked over the top of her glasses,
Deja vu. Just like trying to get to Guyuan from Nanjing. I think a job requirement of all train ticket people is to be as bloody cantankerous as possible. Everybody else is happy to talk to me in my choppy putonghua - but the train people? No way, my mere presence makes them unhappy. I must have offended the patron saint of train tickets.
Then I tried for a ticket to Xining out West. Nobody wants to go West, right?
It was if I had asked her if she had a third head,
Finally I asked if she had a ticket. That’s right a ticket. To anywhere.
And you know what she said…
I found out later from a friend that there are 8 seats out of Guyuan each day. 8.
so are you stuck at home for your first vacation? in transit? what does mei you mean? you are bold. i guess the worst thing that could happen is that you board and end up in outer mongolia.........................and that's where you wanted to be, right?