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taking public transport bus to Sophia's town

After reading poor Elke's situation the other day, I had invited her over to share the spare bed in my hotel room. I do understand the requirement of having a hot shower and water sprinkling down one's body... (ok, I promise to be censored here). Poor dear, she finally felt so refreshed when she had her religious experience in the bathroom. However, that night after watching an interesting movie of a book she read, Elke and I retired for the evening.

Now, I was reaching my REM when I suddenly coughed and the rest of my night was living insomnia hell, do keep in mind, no Elke had nothing to do with me not sleeping... meaning I didn't hear her snore till morning. Nevertheless, when my alarm finally awaken me at 0500hrs, I was almost dragging to get out of bed, but finally did my effort and after my ritual of getting ready, I was dressed by 0630hrs.

photo journalistic image of old man smoking

Elke is a heavy sleeper and I know that I make an unusual roommate for anyone, bless her heart for not going insane with me. I mean, I made my Skype calls to my two FL friends, of one of whom she later flirted after her wonderful 2nd shower of the next day... My buddy, Kirk, such a wonderful guy... those two made playful conversation.

Today was our outing with Sophia, Damin (her classmate) and Damin's father (Sophia refers as Uncle). We all taken bus to Sophia's side of town which looked very rustic and forgotten which was a true photographer's dream. Sophia (taking Uncle) had went food shopping for lunch today whilst Damin, Elke and I went in search of a strap for my camera, which we couldn't find anything of need, but I did see great photo opportunities.

We then walked to Sophia's apartment which also a cultural experience, will post photos soon as possible, and the atmosphere of her apartment reminded me the type of apartment I would've selected being single and working my first job.

local farmers selling their fresh vegetables
The seven course meal was absolutely savoring and we ate till we were full. 

Later, Sophia taken Elke and I to the local temple, although crowded, Elke and I did our best in taking photos ... Murphy's Law ... see a perfect seen, then as soon as you raise the camera to focus, someone steps into frame... UGH!!

We returned taking bus back into Chengdu, Damin and her father had gotten off their stop, later we did and thanked again Sophia for a wonderful lunch and sharing her apartment and time with us. I then said that I wondered of my flat when I arrive in Dalian by 24 Feb...

Sure enough, on Skype, the director explained that the school wanted to settle me into my apartment before training started, however, learned that place has "water issues".

another local farmer
.. then inquired if I would mind sharing an temporary location with another teacher from South Africa ... MALE... I laughed, and told Director, no problem, however, be warned that I have two large suitcases and two carry-ons doesn't classify me as the typical woman, I'm a true traveler... I prefer a backpack then suitcases, but sometimes, one can't avoid certain situations.

Murphy's Law made plenty of rules today...

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taking public transport bus to Sop…
taking public transport bus to So…
photo journalistic image of old ma…
photo journalistic image of old m…
local farmers selling their fresh …
local farmers selling their fresh…
another local farmer
another local farmer
shot from sophias balcony
shot from sophia's balcony
todays lunch cooked by sophia, da…
today's lunch cooked by sophia, d…
another view looking at the freshl…
another view looking at the fresh…
local man outside...
local man outside...
Elke getting her fortune told and …
Elke getting her fortune told and…
visit local temple in Sophias town
visit local temple in Sophia's town
looking up at a statue lion with c…
looking up at a statue lion with …
tis sophia
tis sophia
Stele Temple
Stele Temple
hmmm, no caption
hmmm, no caption
burning candles aligned perfectly
burning candles aligned perfectly
more candles
more candles
being artistic, cool shot, yes?
being artistic, cool shot, yes?
tis me
tis me
etchings on wall
etchings on wall
chinese style painting I
chinese style painting I
chinese style painting I - full vi…
chinese style painting I - full v…
chinese style painting II
chinese style painting II
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