A Travellerspoint blog

October 2005

The World We Live In...who are we really?

ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the

1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate white bread and real butter, but we weren't overweight because

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms.........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. and while you are at it, forward it, cut and paste it and sent it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

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hey hey to you all....i know most of you have received an email just like the one above but if your like me you love it more each time you receive it...when you really sit and think about it you realise how much the world really has lazily GONE MAD...

i guess I can think and feel it more being here in China where EVERYONE is responsible for themselves...there are big holes in the ground EVERYWHERE, the man holes are on the road...with no cover mind you...try riding in the dark! Cables and cords are everywhere on the ground and in the air, at head height! No one uses blinkers or traffic lights, if a kids fat, he's even called fat by his teachers...their reasoning when I tell them what would happen to them in Aus if they said it...their reasoning is, if a girl is beautiful shes called beautiful, if she is dark skinned (as some are down in the south of china) they are called dark skinned, if someone is fat, they are fat!

Funnily enough, it really is true...in Aus we live so far from the truth in our daily lives, we take NO responsibility for our actions...the other funny thing is, no one here gets sick from eating at the market places etc...pitty the stupid person who actually does eat at the place where NO ONE ELSE IS EATING...HELLO, there is a reason 50,000 people are eating over here and no one is eating there....they will get sick and at home take them to court for making them sick...no one falls down man holes with no covers here, no one gets hit at the traffic lights that one one takes notice of, and no one says they are bored....life has strangely done a U-Turn and made me aware of each step I take and each meter I ride...funnily enough I feel so much more awake than I have in years.

For those of you as YOUNG as me and who grew up in the HAPPY years...sit and think what the hell it would be like growing up now...kids are fat, kids are lazyily spoilt, grown ups are wondering what the hell is going on around them and when they will do the wrong thing and be taken to court by another greedy grown up....

I sit and watch kids and teenagers make up their own games like we used to, then i go to the big cities and watch them sit in net cafes all day and night...tis a big difference..living here is like it was 25 or so years ago in my little town in Victoria..no one has play stations and barely anyone has computers at home. Kids run around without being watched till all hours, they can ride from here to there without worry...

after reading it again I went for a walk and to the market place and sat and watched everything around me...has OUR society really changed for the better...HHHHhhhmmm, my answer is not at all..is an overweight child FAT or should we have to call them handsomely big boned to stay out of court!!! I know the cigarette that I just put out can give me cancer, so should I have the right to take the company to court and plead that I am a person who is so stupid and incapable of ones own thoughts that I really had no idea that smoking can harm me...I dunno, the longer I am here the more I really begin NOT to understand what is going on back at home.

Liability...what is it really today....should I be able to dive into a river without testing it first? Ofcourse I shouldn't...how stupid is the person who dives into a river without testing it first. Gee, thanks for a quick 20 million just because I am a thoughtless person whos too stupid to think for themselves. Should we be made to have signs every few feet on river banks just to stop councils being taken to court. Course we shouldn't. I remember my parents telling me to CHECK the river before going in and i'd do it so I didn't get hurt.

Dunno peoples, we are in strange times..do we really believe that if we go horse riding there is no chance that we could fall off because the owner has COMPLETE control over the horse and every action it takes. Ofcourse we can fall off, but gee, if I do I want a coupla mil because I take no responsibility what so ever because I was too stupid to think about it before hand....

for those younger than myself who read it...I apologise for the world you live in...ofcourse it's livable but with so many restrictions, i dunno, I'd rather have been a child when I was....needless to say though...I still love it no matter what....lifes pretty much what you make it in what ever time you are in. I'm gonna go for a walk now and I'm gonna cross the lights that no one takes notice of and go to the market place for another beer and eat BBQ and continue comparing, but the entire time, I'm, me, myself is gonna BECAREFUL....

so, big 2005 and the world we live in smiles to ya all

PS: for those who wanna write back as say...ofcouse there are complete bastards out there who should be taken to court cause they are blaa blaa...my answer is, you are right, I've worked in law for 15 years...BUT, many cases are pure greed and complete, COMPLETE stupidity on behalf of an individual who takes no time to think for themselves...these are the ones I can't understand, no matter how hard I try, I just can't..oh, and don't get me started on the half drunk guy who was hanging by his knees on monkey bars and fell and hurt himself and took the coucil to court for them not having rubber matting beneath him...infact, don't get me started at all on whats happening to childrens playgrounds at home...are we really that bad??????

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Nanning South East Asian Food Festival

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you,

I have just returned from a weekend in Nanning where a few of us headed for the South East Asian food Festival...HHHhhhhmmmm, more on that later! The fun part was actually getting to Pingguo on Friday night to stay with Leeanne (another teacher from Australia). I got to the Tianyang bus station to find there wasn't a bus for another 2 hours. Usually I just catch a local bus from the side of the road near the market to Tiandong and then another bus to Pingguo from there. This time I thought I'd try taking only one bus the entire way. No, as there was no bus for some time, I reverted back to my usual ways and caught a road side local bus which took me HALF way to Taindong. I waved down another bus and made it to Taindong to find there were NO more buses to Pingguo from the bus station. So I waved a few buses down and I guessed at the time they were trying to tell me they were turning off before Pingguo to go the Nanning on the new freeway. Finally I got a ride which once again only got me HALF way. I waved down and ended up on a sleeper bus to Pingguo. Of course it was turning off BEFORE Pingguo, I then had to catch a mini van with a few others. So 4 buses and a mini van later I made it to Pingguo.

Leeanne came to collect me and we headed to Pingguo Lu, which is about 10 minutes in a mini van away. It's part of Pingguo but like a suburb type thing. I have been there once with Mandy for the day. It's where we found the school with the Einstein Head out front. Leeanne and I over a period of time had been trying to figure out where there was another school in Pingguo-lu as she swore there was no massive Einstein Head out the front of her school. Anyhow, after dropping my bag off we headed out for BBQ and beer. We met up with Wong her friend and on the way we came across the school I knew had the Einstein Head. I said, hey, that's the school. She said that's my school. I said hey, there's the BIG Einstein Head, right across from the main gate. The HUGE, CAN'T MISS IT HUGE head. She had never noticed it. It was so funny! It is directly across from where you walk out of the main gate and it's not a small arty farty statue type thing, this is a HUGE massive head on a huge block! We sat for beer, BBQ and chat and then moved on to another out door beer and BBQ place. I think we got home around 2:30am or so.

I had the worst sleep ever. Her neighbours are so freaking noisy. They are real Chinese neighbours I can tell you. The neighbours from hell! I'm glad I live at my school as she lives in a normal apartment building not at the school. I think I fell to sleep around 3:30-4:00am during a quiet period. I heard her alarm go off around 5:45am. In between I was woken a million times. I stumbled out of bed, showered and we met Wong and caught the bus to Nanning at 7:00am. Oh so tired!

We arrived at Nanning and began the place to stay search. We found a Guesthouse on the way to a little hotel I know. Most of the accommodation was full due to the festival and luckily Wong was with us as this guesthouse was NOT for foreigners. Wong insisted and they had to ring for permission from the PSB. Permission granted and off we went to the South East Asian Food Festival. Oh, wasn't I was looking forward to Vietnamese spring rolls with lettuce, mint leaves and the lemon grass dipping sauce. I must say, it is one of the only foods I truly miss, besides Korean from the restaurant in South Port Queensland.

South East Asian Food Festival my BBQ'd butt. All there was was Chinese BBQ and beer! Talk about let down. Oh how I could have cried. I could have went to BBQ street in Tianyang and found more freaky things than here. They did have scorpion and other bug type things but I amused my taste buds with BBQ'd Emu. Oh yummy! Huge chunks of meat and I'm sure the stick was nearing a half a metre long. OOOHHHH so full! Here we met up with a couple of friends, two teachers from Guigang and a Chinese guy named Clement. One Aussie gal from Adelaide and a Canadian lady who is here teaching with her husband.

Anyhow, needless to say, we didn't stay for too long at the festival. We then headed back into the heart of the city to walk around the shops looking for cameras, phones and of course clothes for the girls etc. Around 7pm we jumped on a bus and headed to Clements parents place. His mother had invited us all home for dinner. His father is Chinese and his mother is Indonesian. They cooked us an amazing indo-Chinese meal. They were so cute and happy we were there. Five foreigners in their home at once, they couldn't stop smiling. They, like us had the best time. We stayed there for many hours and then bussed it back into the city and found a bar and sat there chatting for hours. When that closed we grabbed some more beer and Joutsa and headed home and continued chatting until around 3am.

Woke around 8:30am Sunday morning and headed to Maccas for breaky and spent the day walking around shops. We headed to a place called 'The Pantry' which is a little western food shop. The girls made HUGE purchases. I've never seen anything like it, they just SHOP like someone is going to steal the actual shops. I walked out empty handed and decided I'm more than happy with my little town's food. My god, the stuff they walked out with. I only wish I had of purchased the Grants Scotch bottle and or the cheaparsed 'Johnsons' Gin bottle. I didn't as I thought I'd grab one in Wall Mart when we finally made it there. Hey, I was with a group of shopping mad girls, we HAD to end up at Wall Mart! When it was time for Wall Mart I was sadly running out of time (NOT!) so I cut it short and headed to the train station to catch the 3:30 train.

Whilst waiting in the maaaassssiiivvvveeee waiting room/area I met up with Leeanne who had had enough of shopping (my gawd!). When we found a seat she told me an amusing story. I couldn't stop laughing. She had gone to the toilet which of course was a squat toilet and her mobile phone fell out of her pocket and slid straight down into the toilet hole. I have lost countless bars of soap the same way. You shower right next to the hole in the ground and during a shower, you have to drop the soap at least once, but here, you lose it and you DON'T go after it, you leave it right were it is just as Leeanne left her phone. As the train was so full we only got 'standing' tickets. Goody, four and a bit hours of standing. In the end the four hours ended up being 5 minutes as some kind people moved across and allowed us both seats. You say, no it's ok and they try even harder to sit you down. In the end, you sit down and feel a bad for everyone else who wasn't offered a seat. Well, I do anyhow. Made it home around 7:30pm or so and met my friends for dinner and a beer at the market place.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

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For all those whom thought of me....THANK YOU...THANK YOU....THANK YOU... for the beautiful emails, the ECards and the phone calls for my FIRST birthday in China. (I'm writing this on Friday, 14th October 2005). You all made me feel very warm, special and being so far away from you all, not so lonely. The school made me feel very special. A heap of teachers took me out for dinner and KTV. Oh what a night! After a huge HUUUUUGE dinner we all squeezed into a tiny little van. I think there were about 11 or more of us.

Usually most of the females sing and drink tea, not this time. They were playing beer games and pretty much keeping up with us. Thats not supposed to be a sexist remark either, it's just that most Chinese females don't drink much, if at all. Oh so many games you can play with dice, so many ways to lose and get smashed really quickly! It is the way here. When they are staggering home, we would normally be heading out to see a band or to the pub. Oh, and I think I sang rather well the song 'I am sailing', however many times I sang it. They could only find the Chinese version of 'Take me to your heart'....whew!

I had one of the best birthdays I've ever had..and yes, there has been quite a few of them! No counting ok as there have only been 21! (plus *&^%$%$&;)

Besides the special calls from family and friends, Owen Buckland made my day with his early morning phone call singing Happy Birthday. I couldn't stop laughing all day, whenever I thought of the crazy China Man singing Happy Birthday and then finding out who it was!

Last night I had another little party with some of my students. We had cake, sweets and orange juice whilst watching the DVD 'Ice Age'. I've finally got Lilly off Harry Potter. It was getting to the 'Oh, not again' stage. So we are now on the 6 'Star Wars' movies and any other movie I can find to stop the Harry Potter DVD's going back into the DVD player. I had a birthday dinner with Tanya, my friend from Baise. They are using her school for 'teachers exams' this weekend so shes back in Tianyang to spend her weekend doing homework and in about 30 minutes I'm heading across to the market place for many birthday beers with my market place friends. Should be a loooooooooooooong night I think. As long as they don't bring out the EVIL Biajio I'll be happily walking home around 4 or so am.

OK, once again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for being so special and kind to me. Many big Birthday Cakes full of smiles to you all..............shane

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Lingyun National Week Holiday

Tuesday, 4th October 2005

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you OK, so I gave in and took a trip to Lingyun after saying I wasn't going to. After giving my bike a good thrashing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday I got bored, the bug bit and I packed my small pack and caught the road side bus to Baise. I was going to go to Jingxi but decided on Lingyun instead. Bus trip took around three and a tad hours. I arrived as it was getting dark and after booking into the same hotel as last time I headed out for a town walk.

As soon as I turned the corner five children around the age of 9 and 10 ran up to me and surrounded me as I walked up the street. They took me to the huge tea pot and tea cup and we sat and done our best to talk. One of them had not so bad English which was surprising. We then headed across to have Joutsa. A couple of them ran to get their Chinese English teacher whom came by for a short visit but she was too shy to talk much and the children done most of the talking. As soon as it was their home time I walked slowly back down the main street and sat at the little bbq area outside my hotel and read for an hour or so until a couple of Chinese students came to sit with me. One of them was named Slatter, his English was pretty cool. We shared beers and bbq and talked until my hotel wanted to shut the steel shutters. I thought this was a good time to say good night. We made plans to meet again on Friday.

Wednesday, 5th October 2005

Slept in and after a shower I headed out for a walk in the beautiful sunshine. I really love this town. It is just adorable. It is set amongst the crazy mountains, it is small, not dirty and the air is clean. I was met by some of the children from last night whom were around the corner waiting for me. Made me feel horrible for sleeping in. They took me on a walk along the towns canals. We headed out of town for a short distance and then walked back in again.

One of the kids wanted me to come and meet their family. We headed down to towards the BBQ Street and I was introduced to a huge crowd of people. I joined the 'males table' and soon the beer was flowing. Luckily for me Slater and friends were walking by and came over to save me. They also explained to me that I was at a funeral feast and the family wanted me to return each day I was there as it would continue of several days. I said my thank yous and accepted their invitation and we headed towards the mountain pagodas with several children following.

We met one of the children's sisters on the way and she joined us as we walked the many stairs to the top of the hill. There we sat and caught our breath before I had to take a million photos of the children sitting and posing all over the top of the mountain. It was a heap of fun. Here I found out that Slatter was an 'artist'. He wrote poetry and had even had one book published. I gave him my schools address and hoped he would send me a copy of his book. Maybe Mandy or Yang Yang could translate it and read it to me.

We left the pagoda late in the afternoon and the guys left for home. I was taken to the sisters house to drink tea and watch television with the children skipping along behind. For dinner I was taken back to rejoin the family funeral feast. There I stayed for many hours. A few of us left and headed down to BBQ Street for meat sticks and beer.

Thursday, 6th October 2005

I headed for Joutsa for breakfast where I met four Medical Students from Baise. They told me several more students had come to Lingyun for their National Day (Week) holiday and that most of them knew some English. They were leaving after breakfast. I asked them the direction to the cave that was nearest Lingyun. I wanted to walk and they were rather shocked. But it will take you an hour to walk. I told them I considered an hour a short walk. They laughed gave me direction and they headed to the bus station. I headed the other way and in around one hour and twenty minutes I reached the little park that housed the cave.

The cave was just as beautiful as the guide whom took me and another Chinese family through. She only knew a small amount of English and with the families fathers encouragement she walked bise me and tried her best to describe the caves history and funny shaped thingamabobs. The cave took nearing an hour to walk through and at the end the father from the family invited us to eat lunch with them. His English was to find was incredible as he had worked in America for many years off and on.

My beautiful had to return to work and the family headed to their car. I declined their offer of a ride back to Lingyun and I headed out into the fields and into the next little village. I said a million 'Hellos' and played soccer with some of the children before walking back to Lingyun. I decided to head up the mountains to walk the five pagoda walk that Slatter had pointed out to me the day before. This took you up the huge mountains that towered over the little one we walked to the top of. The walk took several hours and my knee began to hurt again. This had happened on the way down from the Mingyong Glacier. It did then; it got worse as the day went on.

I finally made it to the last Pagoda where I met several more Medical Students from Baise. I joined them for photos and we then continued to walk up, over and around the other side of the mountain. Here we sat watching workers as they built a new road on the hill side. I sat in shocked amazement as the fact that it was all down with manual labour. It had already taken many years to build what was in view. The families lived in tents further up the road. I took some photos to remind myself never to complain about anything again. I was shocked at the way they had to live.

The students and I headed back down the hill. When we reached the bottom we all decided on KTV for dinner at their hotel. Here I found that the two girls, Jiang Mei and Arden were students and the guy worked for the government in Lingyun. They had all been college buddies. Arden has since changed her name to Zero (I write this on Monday, 27th February 2006). The three of us keep in contact several times a week, usually. I am yet to find another person whom has a more beautiful smile than Zero and a bigger heart than Jiang Mei. Jiang Mei does her best to help the students in the little villages around her little village; she will soon become a Dentist and Zero a Doctor. I'm unsure what time we all walked to my hotel and began bashing on the steel rails out front. Luckily for me they walked me home as no one came to rescue me. Zero (Arden) rang the number on the door and soon the gates were unlocked. I said my good nights and we planned to meet for breakfast in a few hours.

Friday, 7th October 2005

The alarm went off at 7:00am. I felt like I had just got home. After a shower I headed down stairs and across the road to meet the others. We then hired a van and driver for the day and headed out to visit a tea farm. It was just beautiful. It was like viewing rice terraces but it was in fact tea trees. We sat for tea tasting and I was in love! The tea was just beautiful. The morning aged and soon it was afternoon. We headed back to Lingyun for lunch. Around mid afternoon the girls wanted to head to the top of the small Pagoda Hill. My knee was too sore by now and we all hugged good bye. I went back to the hotel, packed and grabbed the next bus back to Baise. When I returned to Tianyangs town square where I always get off the bus, I heard my friends yelling across from the market place. I headed across and joined them for dinner and beer. It had been a beautiful National Week. I have visited Lingyun several times since and will continue to return as long as I live in Tianyang. It is such a pretty and relaxing place. I would have stayed to spend the weekend with the girls but I had to return to begin teaching the following day. What a pity!

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

Why does beer have to weigh so much?

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you I made a decision today that will probably shock a few, leave others 'bu-arh' (open mouthed) and leave the rest of you shaking your head in wonder. With seven days of freedom before me to go anywhere in reach I wish, I decided to STAY HOME! MY GAWD, STAY HOME! But, there is always a BUT!

The 'But' factor (don't go there!): living such a happy and beautiful life here in China does have its set backs. If you add beer, meat, beer, meat, sitting, talking, beautiful vegetables, more beautiful vegetables, more beer, huge dinners with tables full of food, all nighters at the market place, more meat and on top of that more beer what do you get? An extra 10 kilo's is what you get. An extra bloody 10 kilos. Unbelievable! I got here and I was 65 and now I'm 75. Almost all the foreign teachers I know have lost a heap of weight, but not I. No, I put it on. I've been feeling so unhealthy lately and tired. I now have a cold. A cold, I haven't had a cold for years. I've always been to fit and healthy.

Back in Australia for years I would live on my bike. Ride it to work, ride it home, use it to go shopping. I'd spend my mornings and weekends swimming and riding my bike. Swim for an hour or so and ride my bike for up to 4 hours each morning. Weekends, hey it's the Gold Coast, I'd ride all day. For the last 9 months I've done sweeeeeeeeeet .... You know the rest! I'd go for a walk for an hour each lunch time but it just hasn't been enough for the lifestyle. The last week's classes have been pretty difficult. Add together 70 kids in each class, Primary School kids that is, you know, yelling, screaming etc etc, if you add them to a pounding head, blocked nose, gunky throat and sore joints you don't come up with a good answer. Especially when it's the first time I've been sick for years, plus I'm male, give a man a cold and he's on his way to the grave! Also the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek made me begin to question my fitness level and health.

So yesterday I pulled myself out of my grave, caught the bus to Baise and entered heaven....oh I do love bike shops! All those beautiful, expensive bikes I can never afford. I like to find the ones I'd need a house loan for, the ones you can lift with your little finger. I just stand there, lift them and say WOW! Some people like cars, some motorbikes, me, I like bikes! I've never actually paid the money for a WOW bike but have always dreamt of owning one.

Dreams do come true. Here I am in China teaching great kids, eating the best food in the world and drinking great beer etc and now I own a WOW bike. I always go into this one bike shop whenever I'm in Baise. I've always admired this one bike. Oh, so beautiful! Then I'd walk out and go and eat and drink beer. I was in there last week and watched and tried my hardest to listen to a guy make an offer on MY BIKE. The owner wouldn't take it, so I offered a little more, the owner still wouldn't take it. He wanted full price and I couldn't afford it at the time so that was ok by me. Yesterday I thought I'd go there, halve the price and buy a bike in that range.

I arrived, began looking, the owner (we've become good friends by now) was helping me and after I told him how much I wanted to spend he began laughing. I felt a little funny and thought, hey, it's still more than most Chinese could spend on a bike, why are you laughing at me...HHHhhhhmmmm! We continued and he caught me looking at MY BIKE and began laughing again. He motioned me towards MY BIKE and then wrote a figure on a piece of paper matching the figure I could afford. Yesterday being National Day, most things in the shop were half price. Oh Baby, come to Puppa! Look at you, alloy frame, beautiful cone shaped rims, front shockers and those beautiful disk breaks! Oh what a sight you are! I still can't understand one thing, last week he could have nearly got double for the bike but didn't take it. Surely he must have known he'd be halving his prices on National Day. Surely it's not something you do on the day....upon waking say...hey, gee, I might halve my prices today!

Within minutes my wallet was empty and I was on my way back to Tianyang. My usual bus drivers motioned me towards the bus as I approached the station. Sorry guys, I'll do the 50 or so kms by bike! I must say, less than my normal days ride but but after so long without exercise, my legs were more than a little shaky upon arrival and the road is mostly. Today I headed out into the hills. I'm one of those people some call STOOPID! Why, well amongst other reasons I love riding hills. That burning feeling you get in your legs that spreads throughout your entire body making you wonder why you're doing this. At the top you feel so good and at the end of the ride when you collapse on the couch you feel totally exhausted. Some go to the gym for the same reason. Some go for a run....a run, bugger that, if we were meant to run, bikes wouldn't have been invented!

Today was one of those days. Two and a half hours up and down hills and then 2 and a half hours back again. I already feel better than I have for quite some time. It'll take some time before my fitness level returns to what it was last year but Tianyang is set amongst hills, so it is the perfect place. It was so funny, most people use motor bikes to get around. You have Dad and Mum and child in-between all on the one bike. Sometimes more. You also have boyfriend driving and girlfriend sitting on the back with both legs to one side. So being so far out in the hills, most people have never seen a westerner before. Going down hill I'd be the one passing them. We'd look at each other and I'd say HELLO and they'd look confused and then giggle their butts off. Going up hill, they'd catch me and yell HELLO 3.4 billion times and giggle their butts off as they waved good bye. Funnily enough, I didn't see anyone else on a bike so far out.

Then you had the old men and their ox's slowly walking along the road. They see me and my bike and without word burst out laughing and then rant and rave something that must have been so funny as it made them laugh even more. I'd slow down and smile and say Nea Hoa, Hello, Apple, Banana, OK! They'd do their best to repeat it whilst laughing and I'd wave good bye as they continued to yell out hello, goodbye OK, hello, goodbye OK!

Anyhow, must go, I really smell at the moment and I'm sure the people next door would be much happier if I showered. Maybe I'll just sit on the couch and look at my bike a little more. After having my last bike stolen from downstairs, this baby lives with me on the third floor. I may need just a little more than my little finger to carry it, but she doesn't have a weight problem!

The MUSTANG (1)

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The MUSTANG (3)


Tianyang Ride

Tianyang Ride


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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)