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Overgrown City Walls BBQ N a Beautiful Girl

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya Too excited to sleep I rose early and headed out into the happy streets of Kaifeng and was soon waiting for beautiful Amigo. She came bouncing along with a big smile and we were soon sitting on at a small local bus station waiting for the bus to head to Henan's capital, the city of Zhongzhou. The little bus station can be found just down form the corner of Dazhifan Jie on Zhongshan Lu or try to flag down bus number 102. It is a local bus that will take you all the way to the city for only 7 Yuan. Cool! The trip took around fifty minutes and we were soon racing around Zhongzhou's streets and 'up market' stores. To satisfy our hunger we stopped at a small alley food market for Wei Mein (flat thick noodles in a weird shape). They were awesome. We then made our way to what is known as 'Erqi Ta (or 7 February Square). What does it all mean, I have no idea as Amigo had no idea. Here can be found a tall pagoda with a clock on top. Doesn't sound that exciting does it? It wasn't so we quickly bounded our way to Renmin Gongyuan where we walking, sat and shaded ourselves beneath the parks huge trees. All available space was taken by sleeping Chinese. We then caught a bus out to or as close to the Shang Dynasty Ruins and Wall as we could and walked the rest of the way. I can't remember the bus number though and the two in my LP don't go that way anymore. In fact, I think it was bus number three that doesn't exist anymore. The wall itself is now just a mound of dirt covered by grass and trees. It has several walking tracks on top of it where you can walk its length and look at the top story of some houses and buildings and the roof top of others. While walking we chatted about how things like this happen. How does something so big become forgotten when it is right in the middle of the city? How does it become uncared for? It's a big wall mate! Surely people can see grass beginning to grow and parts of it beginning to crumble. HHHHmmm! After we finished our walk we bused it back to the bus station and grabbed another bus out to visit some of Amigo's Middle and High school friends. They all worked in 'Quilt Stores' at what seemed to be a 'Quilt Market'. All had well to do families whom had happily provided their sons with stores of their own to manage. The bus ride took about half an hour and I was soon meeting (translated in to English as I can no longer remember how to say their Chinese names) East Gate, Handsome Man and Yang Peoples. True, that is the meaning of their names. We spent about two hours in the quilt store and just as we began to watch 'Transformers' (Handsome Man had downloaded the previous evening) it was time to leave and head out for dinner. The place we went to was awesome and very glitzy and swarve. The food was more than delicious and in fact was very like eating Mexican. Flat round thin bread, fill it, roll it and eat it. Next was thicker flat round bread that you filled with veggies, rolled it and ate it too. Awesome! After dinner we headed to a pool hall for a few games of pool and then it was time for more food and cold beer at their local night market. I was already so full but the beer and bbq seemed to go down smoothly over happy chat. We all then headed back to the 'guys' house. They had all moved in to their new house a week before. They had been living together for some time but needed a bigger house to store all the extra quilts etc. We all sat up chatting and playing a dancing game on the computer and slowly the house went quiet. Amigo and I chatted our way through until seven in the morning. It was such a wonderful time, full of happiness and a new found friendship. Soon the house was waking around us and we all then headed out for a local breakfast soup which neither Amigo or I liked much. It was gravy. Seriously, it was just like gravy but with chili in it. No noodles but you had a thin crusty bread to dip in. This was nice! Amigo and I opted for a few tea eggs instead. After saying a big thank you and good bye to the guys we made our journey back to Kaifeng. Poor Amigo was so tired her English had flipped and she was calling buses trees and the day night etc. Beers N Noodles toya.....shane. _________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was Living Colour The album was 'Stain'

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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