After a tortuous night, Monday morning gratefully arrived. I had woken up at around 0300 and realized that I didn’t feel so great. Cold sweats, nausea – It seems that something in that curry didn’t agree with me. The four hours between 0300 and 0700 were punctuated by trying to keep my temperature regulated, trying to make sure I was close enough to the washroom and trying to sleep. In short, I had been to hell. Thankfully by 0800 I was ready to go, albeit a bit weak-legged. I decided that I desperately needed some breakfast… some congee perhaps.
We went down for breakfast and there wasn’t much being offered. We chose some beef noodles (Lanzhou is ALL over the beef noodle thing) and some steamed bread twists. I only ate a bit.
Our colleague came to get us at 0900 and we took a taxi to the office. We got to the office and started unpacking various bits and got to our tasks. Things looked like they were going to go pretty well. Lunch was one of the first signs that it could be a long visit. We had gone to a restaurant near the office and it was PACKED. There were 3 large ( >10 ) tables and others. They squeezed us in and my seat was milk crate – Oi Vey! The smoke was so thick you could taste it in every breath. I had forgotten that you could smoke anywhere, anytime in China. They REALLY need to work on that. We had a meal of fish (with chillis), Potato slices (with chillis), Chinese cabbage (with chillis) and I think something else (with chillis – do you see the trend?) Way too much food ordered. We took some back with the idea that we could reheat it at the office if hungry later.
Other than the fact that I basically smoked about a dozen cigarettes sitting in the restaurant, lunch was good (and SPICY). The rest of the day went pretty unremarkably (wrong outlet for UPS etc, but nothing life shattering)
I took a few pictures on the way home and we went to the Chinese restaurant for dinner this time. The food was more along the lines of what I am accustomed to in Vancouver. I mean… in the middle of China are you going to go looking for a good hamburger or some serious Chinese food?
That’s all for Monday… perhaps I’ll keep getting caught up as I go along.
Thanks for reading!