Stinky, Stuffy, PURE DISCOMFORT and excellent arrival? -Nanning, China
So let's start at getting up at 7:00. Groaning when we get out of out REALLY comfortable beds. Grabbing our packs and lugging them to a bao shop. We thought 'we normally get too much food so let's not overbuy.' A big mistake. Eating bao while travelling, leaves an odd taste around thirty minutes after finishing it. So eating sesame baos all morning isn't a good idea. Especially when you need to limit your water intake. But, i only had three to stay with me for all 19 hours of the ride. Eli, only had one. We got on at around 10:00am and at first it was so awesome! Instead of chairs there were rows of bunks all facing the front of the bus.
To add to the discomfort, the windows were grimy and around the edges was some brown sticky substance that just- no thanks...So i moved to the bunk in the middle row. Almost the whole ride i was constantly checking to make sure my belongings didn't bonk on people below me. We wanted to go to the back of the bus. BUT THANK THE LORD THAT WE DID NOT! Even before we began 4 hours, the stench of urine was clouding our senses. It was so stenchy.
I don't want to write about the stinky details but one time i really needed to use the bathroom. After waiting and hour and thirty minuets, i hesitantly went to the crouching toilet where the stench was coming from in the back of the bus. And ran back out feeling disgusted and sort of relieved. Ladies, it happened to be that night when our monthly nightmare shall be triggered in the human body. The sheets were white, i was wearing tight lulu lemons, and there's no way that i'm returning to that particular crouching toilet. So i toughed it out and worked with a difficult bleached white sheet. SUCCESS! But the World War IV was just getting started with me.
The person behind me was clipping his toenails, the lady across him was making retching noises and was spitting into a bag, i couldn't write because *scoff* movement, jerking, falling, and alas ending with exploding in a deep shade of colour. NOPE. Luckily, i screenshotted one of my books and was reading it in the bus while avoiding falling on people below me. Before 5:00pm, i finished it and was left alone with earphones in my ears and World War IV continuing. Thankfully, the bus stopped for supper break. We had 10mins of rushed eating and toilet breaks before resuming.
FAST FOWARD THE NIGHT
But let's just say in the morning i dashed to the bathroom -or tried to- limit the movements and you'll be fine. And i checked my timer of 19 hours and it went past the 19 hour barrier. It appeared that we stayed in the bus for 23 hours and 24 minutes. Cheerful that we were released from the night bus in nice cool and sunny weather. People spoke Cantonese, our host was the best, his place was the best and our sleep was the best. What more to wish for after a terrible 24 hour stinky bus ride?
During the evening, he had some friends over, the girls sat on the couch with Eli watching videos and explaining things to him. Jazz music played over the speakers around the room, he was a chef so the food he cooked was smelling delicious and laughter was in the air. To me, it was all a casual community of people. Lovely. We roamed around the streets for four days, really nice city, before taking a overnight train to VIETNAM!
Farewell China, this isn't the end of constant whispers and stares and i will be back. (Once i learn more mandarin.) Perhaps next time they won't be commenting about how many children mom and dad have. (One child policy in China.) Or i won't be commenting about the spitting on the streets. (I have grown somewhat accustomed.) Now i will write about Vietnam soon because Hanoi wasn't to my expectations and i'm willing to write about my experiences.
And i'm also right about saying that i will finish my China blogs before leaving Thailand! I was right! Ok BYE!