A China Travel Holiday Special... MEET THE GROOMS! Episode 14: Injured in Nanjing

Culture | by Aimee Groom
Posted: February 24th, 2011 | Updated: March 31st, 2011 | Comments
Huangshan, anhui The intrepid Aimee Groom (aka Daughter From Hell) is back from her own travels in Europe but the story continues as we MEET THE GROOMS! Think of it as China Travel Reality TV holiday special (without the TV). So, without further ado, please Meet John and Lesley Groom, the backpackers with a bus pass. In December 2008, this adventurous pair of Shanghai, Zhejiang, Anhui, Taiwan, Fujian, Guizhou and Jiangsu. >>> Sent: Fri, February 6, 2009 1:55:33 AM Subject: china news contd. Sadly we have to report an accident, the consequences of which are serious! We had safely negotiated the taxi, the flight to Nanjing, airport, bus and another taxi when disaster struck. You know the feeling. The taxi has pulled up in the middle of a busy road. You've got to get your bags out of the boot before he drives off. Just imagine it at the Police Station...  Can you describe the taxi driver who drove off with your bags sir?—well, um, he was Chinese—so are seven million other people in Nanking Sir! So it was urgent. Pushed up the boot quickly, went to get bags, boot came down again, smack on nose. Semi-conscious, blood everywhere, somehow manages to haul bags to pavement. Consequences serious as not only can't see past bump on nose but can't get glasses on to read map so Lesley will have to read it!! (Continues after the jump) A bit about Chinese television. Their English Language channel is continual propaganda. The sports channel consists almost entirely of basketball, repeating over and over again, the Chinese success at the Beijing Olympics and the fifty best pool table tricks. Mind you, nothing beats Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller in Chinese. Most hotels and hostels here have no main light in the room and the other lights are either low powered or not working so normally it's like living in a cave. Here we don't even have a window. As result we did not wake up until late but even with Lesley map reading we managed to see most of the sights. However it is at night that Nanjing comes alive. It all centers round the Confucius Temple—the temple and surrounding area have virtually been turned into Disneyland but even so it's rather pleasant. Our toilet wouldn't flush. We told reception and two elderly women came to the room and fixed it with some cotton thread and it's still just about working! One very good thing is that the drinking chocolate problem has been resolved. After two "dry days" we found it in the "Community Supermarket", so life should be better now. Also pleased to report that the population here in Nanjing has taken a stand against the pyjama police and indeed are flaunting their all day pyjamas in the street. Weather is surprisingly good and no need to wear a coat! Hopefully that will continue tomorrow and with the nose swelling going down we will be out sight seeing again.
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