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The Hands of Time Took Her From Me N Me to Bozhou

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Bozhou! Here I sit in Bozhou. I am now in the very north western corner of Anhui Province in what was once and in a way still is one of China's most important trading centres for traditional medicine. I've had a huge Huge HUGE late afternoon and night walking around the city with my Chinese map translating the roads into Pin Yin to make tomorrow easier for myself. This really is a lively city and one that comes alive after dark. Little night markets pop up all over the place spreading the smell of BBQ'd meat and other assorted treats. Needless to say my stomach is full of the above. Ok, to the day. Happy Amigo dropped by early this morning for a surprise and very sad good bye. I haven't experienced anything that sad for along time. I can't remember the last time I met someone who actually made me want to simply....STAY! If she didn't have family things to do with her Grandmother and relatives along with a hell of other things to do prior to heading back to Xian, I would have been happy to spend the rest of my holidays in Kaifeng. Not to be so, so we sadly agreed it would be best for me to continue my journeys east. So soon once again the taxi tore our fingers from each others and we both soon became a blur amongst the many in Kaifeng. Happily we both received a text message within seconds of parting. Text can make light of sadness sometimes. Though we have been parted we can continue t pass our thoughts and feelings at will. I love living in some parts of the techno world I live in! Once at the bus station I begged and begged in silence that there wouldn't be a ticket for me on the soon to depart bus.

Sadly there was! Bugger! The journey to Bozhou was around five and a tad hours filled with MP3, reading my novel and firing text messages to and fro between my bus and Kaifeng. Soon the air conditioning broke down and bucket loads of sweat were soon added to the above list. When I arrived I was so hot and tired and not in the best of moods. I really couldn't' be bothered walking the streets in search of a heap hotel so I grabbed a pedicab and asked him to take me to a hotel that was in My Price Range. Of course in about five minutes a world's larges hotel loomed before me. BUGGER! I thought, why not try this huge expensive hotel. I'm sure they will have a beautiful expensive room just waiting for me at my dismal price. Strangely when I asked and told them the price I wanted the girl said yes. I was stunned for a short time and asked to see the room. Impossible this could be true! She chirped on about something else and luckily for me I can tell the time in Chinese and she mentioned six o'clock. HHHmmm, it was now four o'clock. So I asked if I had to sleep and be out by six the next morning...just to test the waters. No she said, six this evening. HUH! You're joking me I thought. I then asked if the room came with two girls and a massage. She laughed and told me I can bring the girls. I laughed and asked if she could take a two hour break. We both laughed. I said good bye. So in the end I had to do the Cheap Hotel Boogie and continually got harassed for more money than a family of Chinese would have to pay for a month. Finally I sat down with my near frozen water and lit up a cigarette and decided to just do as I normally do when I arrive in a city. Things always take care of themselves and will always work out. Why I was so wound up was beyond me. But then I was covered from head to toe in sweat, there was no shade, the concrete was burning the heck out of my butt, I had no air con on a bus that had no windows to open, I had left the sweetest girl behind and had had people continually try to rip me off for nearing two hours. Soon I was giggling at myself for allowing myself to get into a bad mood over something that I usually enjoy...The Cheap Hotel Boogie. Usually good for a laugh, but not today! Soon a man came over and sat with me. His English was minor but we got along with my minor Chinese and his minor English. He soon asked why I was sitting there looking so hot and why didn't' I go home for a shower. I told him no one would give me a home within my price range because they all thought I was a rich American tourist. I told him my story and he pointed directly across the road and said they have nice clean rooms with air-conditioning for under my price range. We looked at each other and laughed and shared one last cigarette before he said his good byes and headed in the direction he was heading prior to stopping. The shower was awesome and for how hot it was the water was nice and cold. Oh yeah baby! Anyhow, by now I really did have no idea where I was in Bozhou. I knew it wasn't a big city but I had lost memory of all the roads I had turned so the first thing to do was to grab a map and begin mapping the city. I found a map in the little newspaper stand around the corner from my hotel and the lady helped me locate the road I was on, so from there I grabbed the pin yin from the two road signs near me Why two roads? Because I then knew how to hold the map at all times even after making many turns. So from there I then follow the map and change the Chinese characters for the pinyin on all the main roads. Why? So I then know where I am for my entire stay at the city. Due to not having much money I have planned to stay in each place for three or four nights to help save money of travel etc. So where is my hotel? It's located on the main shopping street in the city. The street is called Xinhua Lu and my hotel is located near the end where it runs into Renming Lu. There is no English sign but it is on the left hand side across from a China Mobile store. So in five hours I have walked most of the city, have sampled many of the streets snacks, found out where most of the night markets are and have a pretty general plan of what to pin point my zig zaggs on over the next few days. So now I have a few little blisters as its been a very hot and sweaty night. Amigo has just called to say good night and I have two cold beers sitting beside me. Isn't life just wonderful! Beers N Noodles toya.....shane ________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was The Commitments The album was 'The Soundtrack' Volume 1

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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