Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,
I love my sandals. Each day I became quite attached to them.
After three years of taking me all over China and having my smelly feet inside ten months a year I just had to take my sandals 'A Bridge Too Far’. As we have travelled so far together and for so long I thought I’d pay them their due respects with their own blog.
Besides my love of having my feet have their own freedom most people don’t actually know why sandals are my chosen footwear. During my Beers N Noodles Adventures there is always a time period when I mention that I can barely walk, this is due to my right toe knuckle joint being twice the size of my left and if it doesn’t ‘click’ at some stage it then kind of just locks for awhile which then makes it extremely difficult to walk for six hours each day. I do my best to get at least four in and for some reason it kind of gets a little larger as each walking year passes.
Buying actual shoes is a total nightmare. Take this evening for instance.
Still being winter I walked around for hours in my broken sandals visiting a billion shoe stores and no store had a single pair of sandals. All the store girls tried to sell me ‘shoes’ and when I showed them my sandals and they looked at me strangely (sadly) and told me that it was winter.
What is it with that?
People do wear sandals in winter too you know, there must me thousands of us all over the globe in search of sandals when broken and whilst living through the total pain and frustration of non-supply all dream of that yearly winter Sandal Convention that surely must be held somewhere we don’t know.
As usual I tried on three trillion pairs and types of sneakers (runners for those other strange English speakers & tracks for ‘that other group’) all costing from five hundred to one thousand Yuan (I walk much more than the average Joe Wang) and not a single pair were comfortable. My sandals/shoes need to ride, walk, climb mountains and teach so to actually fix the problem I need to purchase two pairs, one normal pair for my left foot and one several sizes larger for my right foot.
Problem is what to do with the left over two shoes? I see a new Disney movie coming out of this!
Anyhow the only pair I found, were a strange Kungfu looking pair of ‘things’ that though are extremely comfortable will probably last a month or two as they cost less than one hundred Yuan and in no way will survive several bike rides. I do like them and surely they give me a certain ‘air’ as when people see them on my feet the first thing that must come to mind is Bruce Lee…or, what the hell are they! Actually I’m not really betting on the Bruce Lee thing and if anything, groups of people will probably surround me and taunt me for wearing such strange looking footwear.
I’ll then disrobe my big toe and they will fall to my feet in awe!
<u>My Sandals End</u>
There we were, together as sole mates walking across the Fu River via Nanchang’s main bridge and all was well with the world. Our step was flighty and full of bounce and then I felt this soft tugging at my left heel.
I looked down and said; What’s wrong little fella? He looked up with a desperate expression; I’m so sorry but I can’t continue! I gave a little snicker and said; It’s only been three years, you’ve got another one in you.
We continued for another five minutes and I began to feel that same tugging and just as I was going to offer more words of encouragement his life ended in mid stride. I watch as his sole broke free and flew from his body and I stopped, looked at the heavens above, fell to my knees and screamed;
NOOOOOO! Why here, why now! You little bastard, you’ve got to be kidding! You couldn’t have bloody died when I was in the damn Mall!
<u>The 2013 Hainan Beers N Noodles Adventures End</u>
We became attached at the very beginning of the 2010 Summer Beers N Noodles Adventure and they walked me right through until the very last day of the 2013 Winter Beers N Noodles Adventure and that’s a mighty feat for anything that becomes attached my feet.
So that ends the 2013 Tropical Hainan Island Beers N Noodles Adventure.
It was totally awesome to catch up with Aussie Judy for the first time in six and a half years, share Beers N Fresh Seafood and discover parts of Hainan Island together. Another HUGE THANKS goes to my boss and friend Owen Buckland for the accommodation in his Successful English Training Centre
It was the perfect place to be as it is right there in the middle of Sanya City complete with a vibrant night food market at its feet. Owen had offered his accommodation many times over the past and even though I have always wanted to visit Hainan Island each time I read about the surging prices, the amount of people etc I always gave it a miss. I was so glad that this winter I did actually accept. I will return to Hainan but it will be during summer when it is too hot for most and then I can freely travel the east coast and bays paying normal prices, know for sure that I will have accommodation and actually leave the island anytime I damn well please.
<u>Ode To My Sandals</u>
Ye Sandals Ye Sandals Ye Sandals How far did we walk? I really want to know But they no longer talk
Ye Sandals Ye Sandals Ye Sandals
All those memories Tomorrow left behind New shells now clad my feet New memories together we shall meet Oh Ye Sandals I think I thank Beers N Noodles for your stink!
Beers N Noodles toya…..shane PS: the photos for this entry a from my walk across Nanchang's main Bridge and back again. ___________________________________________________________
The soundtrack to this entry was by Faith No More The album/song was ‘Digging The Grave’ ____________________________________________________________