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Next stop Hong Kong


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It was only a matter of time before one of us got the dreaded travel bug and unfortunately for Dan it was his turn. Maybe it was the excitement of seeing MJ or the Ox tail soup, we're not sure, but he was in a bad way.

We were meant to be catching a 20 hour sleeper train in the afternoon to Shanghai but as the day went on it was clear he was in no fit state to travel and so I had to make the decision for us to stay in Guillin and not continue on with the group to Shanghai. Real Gap were really helpful and Jennifer came to help us, despite it being her day off, to book 2 more nights in the hotel and organise our train tickets from Guilin to the Chinese border with Hong Kong called Shenzhen.

It was a huge relief to have that support so a huge thank you to Jennifer and the Real Gap team.

dan could not even come down to say goodbye to everyone and was not well enough for people to go and see him so the guys made him a great get well card using Jenny's artistic talents to draw us all. It definitely brightened his spirits.

I went with the group to the station to cancel our train tickets to Shanghai and with the intention to say goodbyes there but I got stuck in a queue and they had to go to the platform. It was gutting not to be able to go to the end of our adventure with them but it was definitely the right decision. Dan would not have been able to cope with the cramped conditions on the train with all the noises and smells. Having caught up with the group on email today it sounds like it was a blessing in disguise as they had quite an eventful train journey with half the carriage full of psychiatric patients with their nurses and doctors given them medication and shouting the whole journey!

On Thursday morning Dan was much better and later in the day was able to come for a walk by the lake with me and we tried some Pagoda hats!

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To be fair there are worse places to be stuck and its been lovely just chilling in Guillin, although I won't be shopping at this store...

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We re now just waiting in the hotel lobby, all packed up, before we head to the station for our first true travelling experience on our own! Eek!!

Next stop Hong Kong...

Before we go though just want to say a huge thanks to Jude, Jackie, Jo, Soph, Sam, Jenny and Hannah for making our time in China so great. It has been awesome meeting you all. Safe journeys and I know we ll be seeing a couple of you v soon in HK and
Vietnam! Woop woop!

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Sxxx

Posted by doyledan 03:32 Archived in China

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