This took ten minutes to write and is awful
notes about: Suzhou
Hot. Nice. Walked a lot, climbed a pagoda, suzhou museum is fairly cool and also has air conditioning, people keep asking evan about his weight, guy selling mangosteens says evan rules and yao ming is lame because yao ming is skinny and also america is pretty awesome, i get very confused on a bus when an old guy takes my money and gives me a five instead and the bus driver gets mad at me but then some chinese kids have a very similar problem so I dont feel as stupid, I introduce evan to the wonders of the outdoor “exercise” parks and all the stupid crap that those things entail, we hoof it all the way across town to see a restaurant called Mr. Stupid Ox and then we walk all the way back and we’re soaked and it is awful but the people with whom we are sharing a room are very nice and one is from syria and the other is from dalian so we go find some food in a really cheap tiny hole in the wall place and the beer is warm but hte second bottle is colder and we eat some meats and then the syrian guy gets a haircut and we have some beers and they meet up with us and we have an uncomfortable extended conversation/discussion/debate about the sex of the person at the table next to us and the chinese girl can’t tell citing the “all look same” landmark case but then after hearing the mystery person speak she declares that we are, in fact, discussing a woman. we go back to the room and there are more people there and we bust in loud but then we quiet down because they are sleeping. The next day we hop in a cab after great difficulty finding one and it turns out that the lady has decided that the gaotie train station is too far away and we should take the regular train instead because that goes to nanjing as well but in the end she takes us to where we want to go but on the way she takes a phone call from some company and i couldn’t quite hear what the person on the other end was saying but our cab driver demanded to know where she was, no i know you are in suzhou where in suzhou are you and then said she didn’t have any money and hung up on them and declared them thieves. when she finally dropped us off at the station she asked the cop where the bathroom was
we showed up and it was actually pretty temperate but the metro ended up being packed and evan got on and freaked out and i tried to signal to him that he should get off at the three mountains alley station but then i remembered he can’t read chinese so that doesn’t make any sense so then I switched over to telling him that he needs to go six stops but then some old guy started slapping the doors of the train and getting really heated so they opened up the door and I managed to slip in and everything ended up ok and we rode the metro to the stop and got off and started walking and walked down a walking street that had multiples of every store and especially a lot of 361 degree stores and a couple of li nings and we kept walking and i asked someone where the hostel was and she told us so we went in and got our rooms and they were kind of dingy but we’re just sleeping in them for one night so no big deal and then we decided that we should start drinking so we do and we end up meeting a guy from jersey by way of DC so we went out to get some dinner with him and we again ate at a small dingy hole in the wall and we got duck part soup and some noodles and it was pretty good but i’m certain i was eating duck livers and kidneys which is kind of gross to think about but it wasn’t bad. We decide we want to keep drinking so we ask at the hostel where a bar is and she points at a sign because that is a common question apparently and we grab some beers and hop in a cab and celebrate the fact that in China I can stick half my body out the passenger window while holding an open beer and waving at children but we get to the bar and they make you get a table which is lame because I wanted to go around and get free drinks from everyone but we had to be located at one spot so we got bottle service which is a way of saying cheap whiskey and green tea which would be blasphemous with good whiskey but with bad whiskey it makes things very easy to drink and we were celebrities because we were taller than everyone and also more foreign and it spiraled in the direction that one would expect and we got back to the hostel and ate some food on the street but then it started to rain so we went to bed but not before i peed on a tree in the middle of the road. we woke up the next morning and talked to our rommate who was tibetan and then we got on the train
it is hot and clear and the ticket line at the beijing train station crawls and of course you would expect it to be better here but in fact it isn’t it’s the same stuff adn why can’t these people just use the automatic kiosks there must be some specific reason but it took a long time and then i took us to the wrong metro stop so we walked across tiananmen square and got to the hostel where I’m writing this but it turns out everything closes at five so we’re sort of out of luck at the moment and we’re just figuring out what to do now.