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October 9, 2006 - In Transit, China

Stocked Up for the Long Haul

Night Stop Colors

October 02, 2006

The vacation officially started on Saturday, but to coordinate with the rest of the VIA crew, I decided to not leave Guyuan until Monday morning. A 4-hour busride to Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, and then an 8-hour busride to Taiyuan, Shanxis’ capital - not to be confused with Shaanxi - where I would meet Adam, Scott, Anj & Shannon by 10 or 11PM. Easy. 12 hours of travel compared to their 25+.

Bus to Yinchuan was a breeze - actually found myself in a conversation I could maintain for an hour or 2 - and the bus to Taiyuan was easy to find.

After assuring a few people that I had brought enough warm clothes for the trip into the mountains I hopped on the bus. A sleeper bus.

A large pile of red plastic bags greeted me at the top of the bus stairs. I looked at them realizing they were important - but I didn’t know why.

I took one step too far and found out. Fast.

The machine-gun Chinese caught me mid-step and was accompanied by frantic gesticulation to my feet and the bags. Aha - shoes in bag. Clean floors on a sleeper bus are a nice touch.

I settled into my cot - yup, a cot on a bus - and got ready for the ride. That’s when I looked over at my neighbor in the middle-isle and noticed his rations far outdid my two bingzi and half-bottle of water. He looked like he was going for a marathon ride. I asked him when we would get to Taiyuan.

Mingtian zaoshang leo dian.

I laughed. How do you tell somebody to be serious that you don’t know? 6AM the next morning. That would mean a 20-hour busride.

I repeated myself and added the tomorrow morning bit.

Dui,” followed by a big grin. Correct.

China surprise!

My 8-hour milk-run had just turned into a 20-hour journey.

Looking on the bright-side, I’d just been saved a nights hotel fee.

» Link lovin’

Milk-Vetch - Need to promote urine discharge? Increase your endurance? Come to Guyuan for some Milk-Vetch!

Oh NoKo… - NoKo gets its’ test on. So much for a hands off approach.

Buy Now! Ryugyong! - In other news, real-estate in NoKo is up in the air, why not buy a floor of the Ryugyong? I mean it is just about the best evil-lair you could find.

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