Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Better Bus Ride

I took two buses today; one from Qujing to Kunming and one from Kunming to Yuxi. The QJ-KG bus was the reverse of the one I took the day before, in more ways than one. We bought the tickets early, so we had seats on the second row. That helped immensely. Also, the bus didn't have any wogity wheels, so that helped, too. Finally, since we were sitting at the front, we couldn't see anyone throwing up, so that, obviously, was a bonus!

The bus from KG to YX was pretty good, too. We had seats 1 & 2. My seat back was broken, that is, it wouldn't stay in the "up" position. The road was new and smooth and it only took 1 hr 15 minutes for the whole trip. The fare was 30 RMB or about $3.75 or so. Not bad, not bad.

We arrived at 5:15 pm in Yuxi and are staying at the nicest hotel in town. (often, that isn't saying much for Chinese hotels!) This hotel is owned by a ciggarette company and there are ashtrays and matches everywhere. I think there are three sets in my room. There are no "non-smoking" rooms and the whole hotel has a faint smell of stale smoke. It isn't bad, but it sure isn't good.

We walked into the towna and toured around a little. We had Chinese dumplings (jiao tse) for dinner tonight. It was pretty good. I took the picture of the old beggar woman asleep on the street not too far from our restaurant. I really hate to see old people begging. It is a dirty rotten shame.I took two buses today; one from Qujing to Kunming and one from Kunming to Yuxi. The QJ-KG bus was the reverse of the one I took the day before, in more ways than one. We bought the tickets early, so we had seats on the second row. That helped immensely. Also, the bus didn't have any wogity wheels, so that helped, too. Finally, since we were sitting at the front, we couldn't see anyone throwing up, so that, obviously, was a bonus!

The bus from KG to YX was pretty good, too. We had seats 1 & 2. My seat back was broken, that is, it wouldn't stay in the "up" position. The road was new and smooth and it only took 1 hr 15 minutes for the whole trip. The fare was 30 RMB or about $3.75 or so. Not bad, not bad.

We arrived at 5:15 pm in Yuxi and are staying at the nicest hotel in town. (often, that isn't saying much for Chinese hotels!) This hotel is owned by a ciggarette company and there are ashtrays and matches everywhere. I think there are three sets in my room. There are no "non-smoking" rooms and the whole hotel has a faint smell of stale smoke. It isn't bad, but it sure isn't good.

We walked into the towna and toured around a little. We had Chinese dumplings (jiao tse) for dinner tonight. It was pretty good. I took the picture of the old beggar woman asleep on the street not too far from our restaurant. I really hate to see old people begging. It is a dirty rotten shame.
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