27/07/2013 21:02

So here I am on my final night in Shanghai. It felt close to a full revolution around the sun ago that we arrived here. It seemed a very different place then.

And what have I learnt?

  • How to cross the road, or rather,  how not to.
  • That you can practice more Chinese on a single 14 hour train journey than in one year in Australia.
  • China has many people. A lot. Like, the most, and they all have lives just like me.
  • Coco is important. You can order a drink with more stuff than liquid, but that’s irrelevant.
  • The blessing that is a southerly breeze in the evenings. Whether for coolness or smog removal.
  • Smoking is bad for your health.
  • You can sleep on a seat 3 times in week.
  • Sexy ladies cost about as much as a drink in a nice bar by the Wangpoo, but last only half as long.
  • I am relatively repulsive to mosquitos.
  • I can write a diary and you might be reading it.
  • Delirious euphoria is as entertaining as drunkenness and mush easier to sleep off.
  • Several delicious pork parts are overlooked in western cuisine.
  • The number of accents in this country is close to the number in the English-speaking world, and I understand none of them.
  • Drinking with some Xian lads in the hostel is good fun. We are about 5 6-packs deep, let’s see how I feel tomorrow.
  • China is alright.




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