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Kunming by train

Kunming, China


Just arrived in Kunming, 1265km and around 18 hours on the train. The train trip was fun i was in a bay with 6 middle aged women who kept giving me bananas and laughing at me when i tried to climb into my bunk which needless to say i'm a bit to big for. They also had a water bottle with sand and 2 or 3 tiny crabs in which they looked after really carefully for the whole trip, most odd.
Arrived in Kunming at midday and jumped in a cab after deciding against the slightly vague bus directions lonely planet has in the book. The taxi driver was ace, he got lost too and i sat there for 15 minutes while he rang up the hostel to figure out where to go, he also spoke no english and had decided i was trying to find somewhere to eat not sleep but lots of frantic pointing at characters soon sorted that out. He cheerily drove on finding the hostel after an epic 30 minute drive through the city. I haven't mentioned how mental the driving is yet have I, i'm sure you can imagine. We got to the hostel and i tried to tip the chap but he wouldn't have it and gave me a discount instead... legend!

The hostel is really nice and chilled I can imagine it being a bit of a hippy haven if it where really busy but there doesn't seem to be to many people here. Will be checking out Kunming over the next couple of days so i'll report back soon.


permalink written by  Dan on March 24, 2008 from Kunming, China
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love the new pix dan. Especially the one of the guy with the cormorants - ace... and is it me or are you looking more slimline these days? I tell you - chopstick diets - we could market it when you get home and make our fortunes!

Have fun in Kunming. hx

permalink written by  helen on March 24, 2008


Isn't my imagination about the waistline then...and there was no conferring!
But go easy on the Bananas!
Ma


permalink written by  carol atherton on March 24, 2008


hi dan. The Bodys here. It sounds like you are having fun. We are in Wales having fun having huge bonfires on the beach. Best wishes, the Body family.

permalink written by  Body family on March 27, 2008

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