Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Do you want to know what I rekkon? I rekkon that the last two days bus rides have been right up there with some of the 'Awesome' ones I've taken since arriving in China. They have been so scenic and diverse. Thursdays from Ningbo to Wenzhou was full of small villages and many other 'costal watery sights' like bridges, boats and rivers. Zhejiangs east coast is totally awesome, especially the more south you travel. Today's bus ride however was much more amazing than Thursdays. After leaving Wenzhou I sat pretty much glued to the window the entire way to Fuzhou. The further south we travelled the more passengers there were glued to the window. I realised how much I really do love Fujian Province and its wild and rugged terrain. After today's bus ride I'm personally putting Fujian on par with Guangxi for scenic beauty. Amongst the huge lush green mountains are sheer peaks of rock. Between them are found clear running rivers with picturesque villages built along side. Amongst all this can be spotted temples at all different levels of the mountains. After travelling across the middle of China for over a month I really came to comprehend the beauty of the southern greens! More so, the wildness of Fujian Province! It really was a stunning bus ride that sadly had to end. Here I am once again in Fuzhou City and sadly once again I have not enough money to stay and explore it. I already have my bus ticket home to Shaowu that leaves at one thirty tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow the 'Beer Noodles & Temples' adventure ends as my bus arrives in my lovely little city built along the Min Jiang (Min River). I am really looking forward to being back, not because I want to stop travelling but because today I realised how much I have missed Fujian and its beauty just as I once missed (and still do) Guangxi Province. So for anyone wanting a beautiful bus ride, take the bus from Ningbo to Wenzhou and then from Wenzhou to Fuzhou. I rekkon you won't be disappointed!
<u>Do you know what I also rekkon?</u> I rekkon that little girl over there has super squinty Chinese eyes. There is a birthday party going on here in Mc D's (where I sit with my super ElcheapO Coffee writing this) and her cardboard hat is squashing her eyes together making them Super Chinese. I rekkon that's really super cute! I rekkon the above reminds me of when I am in class and when one of the MANY students who needs glasses to see the board, they put their fingers at the end of their eyes and lift the skin. I rekkon this makes them look Super Chinese just like the little girl over there. I rekkon if we did that anywhere in Australia we would be taken to court for being racist. I rekkon Mc D's can't cook a chicken wrap. I rekkon even if they hired KFC workers something would go wrong and it would still taste like cardboard. I rekkon I might as well be eating the Super Chinese Eyes girls party hat. I rekkon it hasn't stopped raining all day and that it's not going to stop for the next few days. I rekkon it's really cool that KFC and McD's staff get to wear micro-fibre uniforms that include lowcut jeans. I rekkon that's really great for both summer and for me! I rekkon the Mc D's girl was a little silly giving me four sugars and no milk. Not that I wanted the milk but what if I did want the milk. I rekkon if I wanted four sugars I would have asked for four sugars. Normally I would give the milk back and ask for a second sugar. I rekkon it's really cool that all Foreigners look the same to Chinese people. So much so that someone has confused me for 007 or Austin Powers and is sending me secret messages on my hotel phone. Every few minutes it rings a different amount of times and then stops. I rekkon that makes me an International Man of Mystery! I rekkon it's crazy that my room has a bath but the plug hole has a steel rod coming out of it so no one can put a plug over. I rekkon that being in China, if anyone does step on the steel rod they can't sue for compo.
I rekkon that's crazy! I rekkon the girl over there with the laptop just wants to look cool as she just sits there, looks around and shakes her hair every now and then. I rekkon she does look kinda cool though as her lap top is a Sony! Oh Errrr, I rekkon she's got money! I rekkon it feels like I'm sitting in Mc D's in Melbourne as there are just as many Chinese people in it. I rekkon if the girl with the lap top shakes her hair one more time dandruff will fill the keyboard and it won't work anymore. I rekkon that's the reason she hasn't typed anything for the entire time I've been here. I rekkon the keyboard is already full of dandruff! I rekkon my Lonely Planet Guide is in so many pieces that if I threw it into the air it would be like playing 52 Pick up with a deck of cards. I rekkon it's a well travelled little bugger! I rekkon I'll be sad to see it go when I receive the latest edition from Rob and Jo when I get back to Shaowu. I rekkon you want to know what I really really REALLY rekkon! I rekkon that's it mate, the 'Beer, Noodles and Temples' Adventure is at its end. I rekkon I had a great time and visited some awesome places full of so much beauty and history. I rekkon I met a beautiful girl with whom I still constantly chat to all day every day. I rekkon I visited some awesome temples and climbed some beautiful mountains. I rekkon I met some great people whom helped me a lot along the way with whom I shared some great moments. I rekkon most importantly, I drank some tasty beers and ate some delicious noodles! I rekkon more importantly than 'most importantly' is the fact that I survived all those bus rides! I rekkon 'Life Huh!' 'Go Figure!' Beers N Noodles toya....shane _____________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was The Doves The album 'Lost Souls' _____________________________________