GUYS. It appears Jamie and I have both made a safe return home to Edmonton. "Didnt you like..just get home?" You ask? "Shouldnt you like...be spending time with your family or something?" You inquire? Well a few moments were spent till my brosiff Nicholas came home with a sprained/possibly broken ankle of some sort. So my familys left me to go hang out at the hospital. Anyway you didnt come here to listen to my life story you came here to listen to me rant further about my trip. It appears i left you off somewhere around day 27. I didnt get to go into much detail about the expo so i am choosing to do so now.
It was spectacular.
Get there somewhere around..930? The line appears to be quittee long. Probably because it was. But it actually didnt take that long to get in. Maybe thats just cause we kept ourselves with a game that im going to call "What ever you do dont let these pushy ladies behind us dressed in red and blue get in front of us" That was good times. And technically i woulda say victory is ours. Even though somehow the ladies got through the security check before us. That was just unfair. Moving along.
Jamie and I werent entirely sure what to expect from this expo. But like i said. It pleasantly surprised us. The buildings were so unreal. I cant believe how much effort is put into this expo. Just to tear it down later? CONFUSED. But anyway. We were pleased enough with just walking around and staring at the outside of these buildings but we decided to finally run into one of them and we chose Spain. Good choice I woulda say. Its kind of hard to explain all of what was in that building. Its better explained through pictures...But like i think i mentioned before. Just picture a huge ass baby. Like. Huge. And not like some dumb fake looking baby. A real like huge effing baby. And us little people. Staring in awe. It was so random and suprising. I dont know what it had to do with anything but i loved it.
Ya honestly all of the expo is better explained through pictures. Except for the American pavilion. GOODNESS. Over an hour long line up (longest line up we had to endure) Only to have them trap us in 3 seperate theaters to watch 3 seperate movies basically just thanking us for coming to their pavilion. Everytime we finished one movie we were all like. Okay im ready to actually see the pavilion. and then it was just another movie. And then they ended it with a room filled with their sponcers trying to sell us stuff. Terrible.
We ran our asses off around that expo because we train to catch that night to Beijing. Our last train! It was actually the most pleasant train yet..in my opinion. No terrible oder, decent air conditioning, a squatter that supplies toilet paper soap and a good flusher! Ya it was quite nice.
Final thoughts on Shanghai after only being there a few days. It was pretty okay. Lots of interesting buildings. Thats about the most i can say about it.
So we get to Beijing. Getting a taxi for all of us was trouble. Driving all the way to the hotel was trouble. Driving in general in China is trouble. Saw 2 accidents on the way there.Also like i think I mentioned..Did the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City thing. And like i said. Quite interesting. And like i also probably said. It would have been more interesting if i actually had a chance at fully understanding what the 2 places were all about. I mean if you sat down and had a 1 on 1 info session i could probably figure it out. But, ive just never been good with the whole history thing. Day ended with the Kung Fu show...Im thinking i should have read what i already wrote about all this crap before i started writing this...but..its to late now! I really enjoyed the kung fu show. It was sort of a dance/kung fu presentation/play sort of thing. It had it all. The kids did fricken back flips on their heads. Seriously!
Next day, being day 31, was our last day as a group. SO SAD. It was an epicly awesome day though. Woke up early for one last breakfast at the bakery. I LOVES THE BAKERYS. Then it was off to the GREAT WALL OF CHINA. That was truly an amazing experience. We took a 2 minute gondola up the hill. Did lots of walking. It was just....so cool. I mean we walked the great wall of china! How cool is that?! And to be able to walk it with such a great group of people. Oh and there were donkeys. Afterwards we too the taboggon down the hill. That was super sweet. Till people started to slow down. Every few seconds though youd have to taboggon past some chinese dude who would just be staring at you and you could never tell if they were trying to tell you to slow down or speed up. Regardless everytime you passed them they would shout something at you to make you feel like you did the wrong thing. After that we all ate subway. Cause they had a subway at the bottom of the great wall. SWEET EH?
AFTER THATTT was the silk market. Which was more then a silk market. I was the biggest most bad ass market ive seen yet. There were some ruthless people. Ruthless grabby people. " HAY LADY YOU WANT SHIRT?" HAY PRETTY LADY" " HAY PRETTY LADY YOU WANT JEANS BUY SOME JEANS MAYBE FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND LADY?" It was a mad house. Me and jamie got out of there with only a few scars (emotional scars that is) and a some pretty sweet buys. New backpack for me. Converse shoes for jamie. Pokemon cards. Good stuff.
Also there was a classic moment of the day. Actually I guess 2 classic moments.
First moment. I was wandering the silk market. Totally focused on just looking for cool shit when someone tugs on my back pack. Which i was actually wearing on the front. I was totally freaked out someone was trying to snatch my luggages when i look up to see louis's smiling face. "scarreddd you!" he said. tee heeing and such. It was pretty funny.
Then later that day Julie pretty much did the same thing to me from behind though. That also scared the shit out of me. She totally tried and failed at mugging me.
AFTER THAT was our final dinner. MORE SAD. Everyone went for the pekking duck. Me and jamie went for the vegitable fried dishes. Food was good. Besides the little squiggly piece of metal i found in my food. I opted not to tell anyone about that as to not ruin our nice final dinner. Good times were had. Louis made a heart wrenching speach. He told us he loved us! Each and every one of us! GOD louis is amazing. Normally, he says, he doesnt swear to his groups. But he swore we were his best group! Yay!!
AFTER THAT (god is there any other way i could transition this? All i got is after that) As i was saying. After that was 30$ for all you can drink at the Juicy Spot. Amazing hay?I mean 30 Yuen for all you can drink is sweet enough. But its even better when its at a place called the Juicy Spot. The bar was decent. Had some good times there. Got some not so tasty pina coladas. And other random shit. MAN was a dirty mouth i have. I apologize. Except not to sincerely i guess cause im probably going to keep it up. Me and jamie decided to cut the night off at 2. For we had high hopes of waking up at 6 the next day for a quick zoo visit before we had to board the plane and GTFO of china. Final goodbyes. So sad. Seriously everyone on this trip has been so amazing. Here we go. Im really gunna get into a rant now. I have doubts that many people are still reading at this point. But damnit im gunna keep writing anyway.
Before this tour thing started me a jamie were super skeptical. Not having as much freedom, hanving to wait for people in such a large group. Stuff like that. And the first day when we were all in the same room together just listening ot Louises poetic voice telling us the itinerary and what not, we didnt do much talking to people or anything. We kind of expected to just be all in little cliques not really getting to social or anything. But by the end of the trip we were just like one big family! Louis even told us we are one of the most harmonious groups hes had. Hah so i think you get the point now. The tour was good. The people were fun. And louis is a legend
Honestly though. After those goodbyes jamie and I totally sobbed like babies all the way back to the hotel. it was heart breaking.
As you may have already guessed me and jamie did not make our 6:00 wake up arrangments. Instead we woke up at 9. We decided to still go for the zoo anyway cause damnit, I wanted to see a panda! Made it to the zoo at 10. Zoo was less then impressive. I think west ed might have better sanctuaries. Pandas looked kind of sad. But what animal doesnt look sad at a zoo. They were all extremely adorable though. Even the one where i could only see his butt. He had an adorable butt. It was kind of sad walking into the panda house however and being greeted by a stuffed panda carcass...I mean it was cool to actually be able to see the whole panda and the face and everything. But. Its so not cool see a dead stuffed panda carcass. Ya. I was happy to see them. We pretty much just saw the pandas and got out of that place. It was time. Time to head to the airport. Took maybe around 40 minutes to get there. We got one last look at the crazy ass traffic in the smoggy setting of beijing city.
Usually I just knock myself out and sleep the whole way on the plane. But this plane had some pretty cool movies so i was all like SCREW IT IM HAVING AN ALL NIGHTER. Which is still happening. Seriously guys ive been awake for over 30 hours. Im kind of losing it a bit at this point. Oh the plane ride from beijing to vancouver so quite horrendous. It had everything. Annoying kid sitting behind jamie kicking her seat hardcore, a vast amount of non stop crying babies in the distance, 2 men annoying the hell out of us in front, (they were big time horkers. As in spit horkers. I thought we were getting away from all the spit horking but now. They were coming with us) And the food was shitty. Which you may think is expected but i dont know. I usually dont hate the plane food. So ya 10 hours later that ended and we were in vancouver. I ran and got my tim hortans. yay. we also ran and got our salt and vinager chips. Also yay. vancouver to edmonton. Edmonton to home.
How sad. All this fun blogging is over now. I must find something interesting to do with myself quick so i can keep this up. But ya, I guess this concludes the China blog. You guys have been great....Sue.....Mom.....Jamies grandma. Thanks for all the support guys. haha what am i doing. Im just gunna stop talking now. Stop talking....FOREVER EVER EVER EVER (start saying it quieter) ever ever ever ever evverrr
Before I go here are my thoughts on china. I think hong kong gets its own seperate thoughts cause it was just sort of a toally different place. An amazing place. Definitely my faveorite place. It was wild crazy and hecktik but it was also very calm and beautiful. Just depends on where you were. China on the other hand is a little bit more...raw. A little bit morrre. Um...Yuck. I feel like the beautiful parts in china were harder to come by. It was hard to see the beautiful parts with all the babies taking shits in the middle of the streets wearing their crotchless pants. I dont know. China was just a neat experiance. an extremely facinating and eye opening experiance. As for my faveorite location though Hong Kong takes it. After that maybe Yangshuo...If thats how you spell it. and if thats actually the place im thinking of. Also overall this trip has just been straight up amazing. Who knew you could spend a whole month, 24/7 with someone and not totally rip eachother apart. Actually there was one quick brief moment where we were both totally going to kick eachothers asses. But Nick was there. And im not sure how the chinese would have taken that. So we just decided to take it easy. All in all. GOOD TIMES.
Now jamies going to step in with a few words seeing as how i totally took over this entire thing. Cause im like that.
oh man thats tricky
its all such a blur
in some aspects china was alot more different than i thought, but at the same time more similar than i thought
hong kong was the most amazing place ive ever been...
i think the whoel trip made me more confident that i could maybe do things on my own if i wanted to
and seeing all those famous things.. liek the teracotta warriors and the great wall... its so weird, becasue you can never really imagine what it will be like
and even after doing it. it feels sortof. like it never happened
um. people with accents are generally hilarious. and its very amazing to see people from all over the globe just almost instantly bond and possibly have lasting friendships
okay. i think thats it
Beautiful words jamie.
OK THIS IS GOODBYE FOR REALS NOW. IM REALLY GUNNA GO. JUST WATCH. SEE ME OPEN THE DOOR. SEE IM WALKING AWAY NOW. YOU CANT STOP Me. IM TOTALLY JUST GONZO NOW
OK WOW IM GOING TO BED NOW
ok ill stop shouting/capps locking it
Eff not farewell. Where am i going. Its more like hello cause im back.
I just feel like an idiot now. I really kind of hope everyones stopped reading at this point.
...K THATS ALL