14.10 - 19.10.2016
Hard Sleeper Train Take 2.
This time, we were able to stay close to each other on the same carriage. Surrounded by a friendly older couple going to their daughter's town to help with grandchildren, a knowledgeable man of the world (who knew a fair bit about Canada and Quebec politics!) and Dongsheng, a young man who spoke English - well enough to have good conversations with. 12 hours flew by and Alvin said this was his best sleep yet. We all enjoyed these sleeper trains. It's economical and has a great communal feel. Till next time!
We arrived in Nanjing after 7am. Ready to check into our Airbnb. The hosts sent friends to take us to the apartment so we met up at the subway station. It was a really nice walk except for Eli who got to hop on!
The neighbourhood was very nice. Already liking the people we met especially some ladies who were working on the road side. They were healthy, strong and lively.
We booked a dormatory/hostel type room with great reviews so we felt good walking towards it. It did not turn out as planned and we got out of there! To make a long story short, we found an unkempt, 'middle-of-renovation', rooms with no locks and a dirty bathroom. We did initially think we could stay but within the hour, we decided on finding another place - a 3 room apartment - clean, comfy, western toilet - all for the same price. Yay!
It was a great neighbourhood. Once out of the subway, our kids often run home ahead of us, out of sight. Good food all around. We got our daily dose of buns from a family operated kitchen. We each had our favourites (plain, plain w/brown sugar, meat, fresh veggies, shitake mushroom+chicken, red bean, black sesame, custard, spicy bean noodles+tofu!). On the last day, we pre-ordered 30+ buns for the day of travel.