A Travellerspoint blog

November 2013

Hostel revenge

Even though I went to bed early, some people came in late, including the woman who I'm sure I kept up last night.

Of course they made a racket and then at 4:30 a.m. she starts making a racket again, flipping on all the lights and getting ready to leave! THEN she gets back in bed like it's no deal. Of course I can't sleep so I get my stuff together and try to take a shower. The water is freezing and doesn't get anywhere near warm, so I just get dressed and go. Congratulations lady, you got your hostel revenge.

Halfway down the road I realized I didn't get my stupid deposit. So now, here I am sitting at the little computer console just waiting for someone to wake up and give it back to me.

Fenghuang in the morning

Fenghuang in the morning


Stepping stones and small bridge

Stepping stones and small bridge

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Exploring

Dun Yun (the cashier lady) volunteered to buy me breakfast and also take me around the city in the morning. Nice, right!

I asked her if she could find the tofu jelly that I had last time and she said of course, but then she brought me to a plain old noodle hut for breakfast. So we went walking while the people trying to sell us pictures of ourselves in Miao costumes followed us around and bothered us. I keep trying to find that delicious tofu I had in Dehang, but I'm afraid it might never happen again :( She tried to tell me what I wanted were various things that weren't what I wanted. I don't think she knew what I was talking about.

She tried to tell me things in English, but nothing made sense, except for when she pointed at the roof tiles and explained that they were for preventing the spread of fires. When Dun Yun had to go back to work, I stayed out and bought a ticket to wander around some more. Usually you have to pay to get into the old city, which includes entrance to the various historical things and also a short boat ride down the river. They push you around like you are in Venice.

I was super tired again so I bought some fried tofu and sweet potato for dinner and went to bed at maybe 8 p.m.

Boat trip

Boat trip


Fenghuang

Fenghuang


Me vs. Fenghuang

Me vs. Fenghuang


Old town

Old town


Old town

Old town


Fire prevention architecture

Fire prevention architecture


Old city walls

Old city walls


Old bridge

Old bridge


Mountains and river

Mountains and river


Old city walls

Old city walls


Me vs. city walls

Me vs. city walls


Old house

Old house


Guard tower and gate

Guard tower and gate


View from the temple

View from the temple


Red street

Red street


Another old house

Another old house


Me vs. Phoenix

Me vs. Phoenix


On the boat

On the boat


Boat trip

Boat trip


Boat trip

Boat trip


Boat trip

Boat trip


Boat trip

Boat trip


Houses on stilts

Houses on stilts


Boat trip

Boat trip


Boat trip

Boat trip


Boat trip

Boat trip

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Fenghuang at night

I got dropped off by the bus at a random corner that was not on my map, so I walked up and down one busy street until finally, I found one street that was. And I was way on the other side of the city where I didn't want to be.

I had nothing better to do, so I walked over to see if the hostel had any space. When I finally found the old part of town it was surprising to me because it was all lit up and there were a zillion dance clubs thumping out bass all night long. It looked neat, but I think it kind of negated the point of visiting this place. It's crowded and full of drunken people trying to navigate the uneven cobblestone streets and constant construction projects.

The hostel was just about to close but they had a few beds left so I said I'd stay for two nights. The lady at the desk spoke English pretty well and was also sleeping in the bed beside me (conveniently). So of course she wanted to chat all night. I wasn't that sleepy so I consented. I felt bad for the woman who wanted to sleep in our room, but she got her revenge on Sunday morning.

Fenghuang at night

Fenghuang at night


Fenghuang at night

Fenghuang at night


Fenghuang at night

Fenghuang at night

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Art gallery again

Tom planned an outing for us to an art gallery. After drinking too much the night before, he was way late and then when we got to the museum, it was smaller than anticipated so I suggested we all go to the city museum, which is way better and also has a new modern art exhibit.

Stamp exhibit

Stamp exhibit


Watercolour exhibit

Watercolour exhibit


Horse

Horse


Acrobats

Acrobats


Modern art

Modern art


Elephant

Elephant

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New job in Indonesia!

Hello friends,

I have just secured a position at a private school in Jakarta, Indonesia starting in July, 2014.

I'm so happy that they are so organized and able to commit so far in advance. Most schools are not. I am looking forward to this interesting opportunity and hope to perhaps see some of you in Indonesia next year!

This is my school's website if you are interested in checking it out: http://www.kanaanglobal.sch.id/

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Stuck in Dehang

I got up super early from all the sleeping and headed off for the second waterfall. I was not disappointed. Another beautiful one which was hidden because the path was slightly covered by a rockslide in one area and seemed to be closed. I had to scramble a little bit to get over the rocks but the rest of it was fine and I had the trail all to myself so early in the morning.

After a lot of steps, I got to the tourist center at the end of the trail where I assumed there would be a public bus. There wasn't, but I managed to hitch a ride with some more Chinese businessmen on a tour.

They took me to Dehang, which is not where I needed to be. I needed to find a bus to Jishou, but there was a huge bicycle race and I was stuck! I was not worried because my train, was not until about 9 p.m. but I met three Chinese backpackers who were because their train was leaving in an hour!

We ran around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to find a ride to town. It wasn't happening. There was only one road to Dehang and it was shut down for the race.

So, I bought some insanely spicy dumplings and some delicious tofu and shared it with my new friends while we watched it.

After that, we got to Jishou and they bought new tickets. Their train was also not leaving until 9 p.m. So we hung around doing nothing all day in Jishou.

Pretty much just as soon as the train left the station, I was descended upon by about three police officers. They brought me to the dining car where I was instructed to wait for something. I began to read a book and about an hour later another police officer came and sat down next to me. Then he started yelling at the waitress in the dining car. The waitress then told me to go sit somewhere else in the dining car, where I was intensely glared at by the angry policeman. I tried to ignore him and promptly fell asleep with the whole train staring at me. I have no idea what I was wanted for...When I woke up, he was gone, and I was back home.

Finally on the bus back to Jishou

Finally on the bus back to Jishou


Ahh too early, too dark.

Ahh too early, too dark.


Path into the mountains

Path into the mountains


More mountains

More mountains


Jade waterfall

Jade waterfall


Me vs. Jade waterfall

Me vs. Jade waterfall


On the bus with Chinese businessmen

On the bus with Chinese businessmen


The bicycle race

The bicycle race


Me vs. tofu

Me vs. tofu


Me vs. SPICY dumpling

Me vs. SPICY dumpling

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Day one, one waterfall

In the morning, I was in Jishou, and I was immediately whisked off on a small minibus to Dehang, a Mioau village set beside a beautiful river in the midst of all the giant karst mountains. It was crowded and I was the only one who they made pay to get into the village ($20). Probably it was the colour of my skin.

I set out for the first waterfall and was not disappointed. After about an hour hike out into the terraced farmers fields, I came to the end of the trail, where there is a very tall waterfall. It's the tallest in China, apparently. You can climb behind it on some little steps. This trip was worth it just for that!

I met a Chinese lady named Lindsay who was traveling by herself! That never happens, so we walked back together and on the way back, I found a nice little hostel and some Chinese businessmen treated me to dinner.

After that, I passed out and did not get out of bed till early next morning.

Lunch with Chinese businessmen

Lunch with Chinese businessmen


On the shuttlebus

On the shuttlebus


Map of the park ENGLISH!

Map of the park ENGLISH!


A drum show

A drum show


Path into the wilderness

Path into the wilderness


Little creek

Little creek


Mountains

Mountains


Me vs. waterfall

Me vs. waterfall


Liusha waterfall

Liusha waterfall


Behind the waterfall

Behind the waterfall


Me vs. waterfall

Me vs. waterfall


Liusha waterfall

Liusha waterfall


Liusha waterfall

Liusha waterfall


About it

About it


Lindsay took this horrible photo

Lindsay took this horrible photo

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One waterfall per day

First of all, this weekend I was going to couchsurf with this crazy old man in Jishou. He looked like a hippy Santa Claus and I was really excited. But it was not to be. My classes on Tuesday got cancelled and whenever that happens, you usually have to make it up on Saturday. So, I held off and did not buy a train ticket until Friday.

When I did get to the train station, they sold me a ticket for 10:30 p.m. It was about noon. :( The good side was that I got to go to a party in my building. Our "minder" was leaving for a job in Shanghai and we said goodbye to her and welcomed a new one.

After a couple of drinks and losing track of the time, I ran out the door to catch my train. Sadly, it was another uncomfortable train. Where you have to sit on a bench with two other people.

I managed to sleep a little bit but woke up at every station because the train jerks around so much.... yuck.

Trying to sleep in the crap seat

Trying to sleep in the crap seat

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I judged a speech contest

I didn't take any pictures. Maybe I should have. All the students were really cute.

Hotel room with no windows

Hotel room with no windows

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