A China Travel Holiday Special... MEET THE GROOMS! Episode 16: 28 beds and 2 months later, it's time to head home

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Posted: March 14th, 2011 | Updated: March 14th, 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: Sun, February 15, 2009 2:17:32 AM Subject: China Travels Cont'd. Have moved on by train to Suzhou. Suzhou is famous for its classical Chinese gardens. Went to the most famous one but disappointed in it. Possibly because the wrong time of year but probably because we have seen so many nice gardens that it takes something really special to impress us now. Of much more interest was a woman who was not only flaunting the law in the all-day pyjamas but who was also carrying her dog. How bad can it get? There was an escape. This time a fish had managed to flip its way out of the bowl it shared with fifty others awaiting their fate. The fish lady told us to stand back, picked it up and with a well-aimed toss, it ended up with a splash back with its companions. Was a good attempt by the fish though. It has also occurred to me that the Chinese do not seem to believe in trays. If you order three or four drinks, they will bring them up one or two at a time. (Continued after the jump... ) Anyway DFH has traveled here to spend a couple of days with us. We set out about 11 o’clock to walk about one and a half miles, visit a temple and end up at a garden. We arrived at the garden just as it was shutting for the night. She really is a bad influence. Then another day of temples, pagodas and gardens and then the train back to Shanghai to spend a few days with DFH before we fly back. A word of warning. John is 65-years-old and has the body of a 65-year-old. He would not normally wear a thong, however, when you are away for two months with just a rucksack and limited space you have to economize. He therefore invested £5 pounds in a pack of five thongs from ASDA. Black for the obvious reasons. He really only wanted them for the holiday however three of them did not survive to the first wash. So if you must wear thongs, don't buy them from ASDA! We have now slept in 28 beds in two months. The biggest problem about this is getting your orientation correct when you wake up during the night in a daze and want to pee! You may think China is a police state because of the pyjama police, white sock police and the lantern police. However it is all part of the fun trying to outwit them in the rich tapestry that is China, where animals and people also try to outwit each other, and just occasionally the animals win. On Monday we leave here and fly back to the cold, depression and recession. GREAT! See you soon!
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