Day 209: Where did the day go?
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A delayed train in the evening means a delayed train in the morning. Even in China. So I arrived in Chengdu one or two hours late. At the station I met two English guys who I had also met in Xi'an yesterday and they turned out to be staying in the same hostel as me.
Competition amongst hostels is fierce in China and many offer nice extras such as free pick-up from the train station. After my struggles to get a taxi in Xi'an, I gladly made use of this service.
A nice girl from the Sim's Hostel. She spoke quite good English and was eager to practice her language skills with us. It was the first time I had a proper two-way conversation with a Chinese person who wasn't a tour guide. It was funny how she fired off seemingly random questions, going from trivial to personal.
We spent a good half hour in the gridlock of traffic, before we reached the hostel. I don't think it was more than two kilometres from the train-station – we could have walked faster!
Sim's Cozy Garden hostel was a very pleasant surprise. I knew before that the quality of hostels was good in China, but somehow I had forgotten this when I booked my accommodation in Xi'an. I was glad I was back on the backpacker trail again. Travel information, fellow travellers, staff who speak some English...
And, to be absolutely honest, as proud as I was with myself to have been able to buy train tickets at the train station in Xi'an, I was very happy to have the staff at the hostel take care of this for the next leg of my trip.
I checked in, had a shower, changed into some clean clothes, checked my mail, spoke to the home front via skype, had a lunch in the hostel restaurant, got some money from the ATM and... that was the day gone all of a sudden!
With the delayed arrival of my train in the morning I had completely lost track of the time and the day had passed before I even knew it. Ah well, guess I'll leave the exploring of Chengdu for tomorrow.