Ah, feels like forever since I’ve updated! Happy belated Dragon Boat Festival! Because of the holiday Kevin and I actually had a few days off together (although we each had to request a day off to make them consecutive), so now I have a lot of stuff I want to write about! I’m glad we got the chance to get away and spend time together at least once this summer.. because I doubt it will happen again until fall. I have once again committed myself to a bunch of overtime in July, and we both have other projects and tutoring gigs that we’re working on in addition to work and studying Chinese. I figure I’ll work hard in July to help compensate for some of the ridiculous spending I did in June and come August I’ll only have 4 months of work left, so it’ll be downhill from there! Just gotta chug through July…
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Hello! Last time I wrote about our trip I said that Kevin and I had just purchased some pretty budget friendly plane tickets to Shangri La that we were stoked about. However, much has changed since then. Instead of leaving Saturday, we decided to jump on a train Thursday night when Kevin got off of work. Also, instead of going to Shangri La, we decided to head first to Lijiang with the two extra days we gained from leaving on Thursday. We heard from many people that Lijiang wasn’t a place to miss, so since we were going to be in the area, we decided to stop by. Unfortunately, this last minute decision lacked a lot of planning and didn’t go exactly how we anticipated. Beginning with the train.
I’ve been wanting to write about the bus system in Chengdu, as it never ceases to amaze me. That is, my impression of buses in general is that they are crowded, slow, and confusing. Packed, uncomfortable, and difficult to navigate. Plus, you have to wait forever for them to come after already having walked all the way to/finding the bus stop. For the record, many of these things do apply to buses in Chengdu. Considering that I can’t read any Chinese at all, I started this adventure with pretty much no desire to attempt to navigate the bus system in Chengdu.