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Nanjing

Nanjing

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!

 Eli was the recipient of different offerings of food because he watches what people are eating and goes up to them and say, 'What's that?"  

Eli was the recipient of different offerings of food because he watches what people are eating and goes up to them and say, 'What's that?"  

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!

 

 Emma did take this cool pic before we left.

Emma did take this cool pic before we left.

 We took our time walking back to the subway station.

We took our time walking back to the subway station.

 Ladies who live in the area who now works for the neighbourhood.. i think.  

Ladies who live in the area who now works for the neighbourhood.. i think.  

 I enjoyed watching these men work.  So efficient and lively in conversation.  They are mostly from small towns of other provinces.

I enjoyed watching these men work.  So efficient and lively in conversation.  They are mostly from small towns of other provinces.

 Watched a painter at work.

Watched a painter at work.

 At another subway station waiting for the host of our newly arranged lodging.

At another subway station waiting for the host of our newly arranged lodging.

 It was a really nice  apartment  with good views of the neighbourhood and the Yantze River.  There were 2 schools right close by so we see lots of young families and lovely children all about.  We wake to the sounds of children from the school playground and to construction.  (Yes, we're still in bed when little kindergartners are already at school!)

It was a really nice apartment with good views of the neighbourhood and the Yantze River.  There were 2 schools right close by so we see lots of young families and lovely children all about.  We wake to the sounds of children from the school playground and to construction.  (Yes, we're still in bed when little kindergartners are already at school!)

 They have very interesting morning routines.

They have very interesting morning routines.

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.  

 A lovely lady who speaks Cantonese :)

A lovely lady who speaks Cantonese :)

Happy Birthday Emma!

Happy Birthday Emma!

Luoyang Museum & Botanical Garden

Luoyang Museum & Botanical Garden