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Chengdu to Nanjing, 37h in Train

Train

overcast 28 °C
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One day before leaving I got notified that I should leave for some business trip for around 15days to Nanjing and Shanghai.

I had no idea that how long it would take from Chengdu to Nanjing. But now I am able to list the time here:
Leaving on 8pm. on 4 of June, and arriving on 9.10am 6.

The train started crowded and became half less till 9pm. on the next night.

I often remembed the time spent on train with Fredrik. It is full of fun and happiness. I forgot how aweful it was to take those long-time-train trips. Those memories also helped me out this time for spending 37hours in train. We were at Nanjing eventually.

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棒棒冰

每天在郎木寺

sunny 22 °C

朋友介绍给我棒棒冰,告诉我说味道很好。
我买了几根,味道淡淡的,远不如郎木寺的棒。
在寺院几个来回后,我发现,孩子们不上课的时间大多停在了寺院的小卖部。
下了课,孩子们一溜烟的不见了,但我不着急,我知道在哪里可以找到他们。
小卖部门口,孩子们已经出现了,一个接一个地跑来跑去,跑进跑出。
我决定坐在门口。
几个孩子见我把了门,便用袖子捂住头,风似地冲进小卖部。过一小会儿,就听见背后塑料纸剥得哗哗作响。
我转过头去,他们几个趴在柜台上嚼了起来。
孩子们的声音在一阵安静后又响了起来。再转头看,我看到几只拽着钱的手伸到柜台里,另几只手指点着,几根棒棒冰交到举得高高的手里。
一个孩子举起一瓶可乐到我面前。
“什么?”我不明白。
“喝,喝…”,他用手向上摆摆,仰起头来,做出喝的动作。
“啊,谢谢啦,”我高兴地接了过来,瓶上的冰水顺着瓶子在手心里往下滑。
孩子们把棒棒冰塞进嘴里,靠在小卖部的墙上,或坐在窗台台,双腿随着吸进冰水的速度摇动,另几个孩子跑到阳光下,你追我赶,手里紧紧握着棒棒冰。
一小阵儿后,他们不约而同地又窜回到小卖部里。
再几个棒棒冰。
“真好,守着冰柜吃,”我羡慕地说。
“哈,哈哈…”,他们用手拍拍挺着肚子,大笑起来。
“啪的”一声,他们把棒棒冰掰成了两段,一半马上就塞进嘴里,双手使劲地捏着底部,拼命地把咖啡色的冰往上挤。
一个孩子递给我一根棒棒冰。
“啊?”我赶快接过来。
另外一个孩子拿了棒棒冰站在我面前,演示给我看怎样动手吃棒棒冰。
看见他们盯着我,我便假装熟练地一声“啪的”将棒棒冰分成了两段。
“哈哈,哈哈…”,大家笑了起来。
我学着他们的模样活动我的十根手指,一阵努力后,终于尝到了甜头,是可乐味道的,“好吃,好吃,”边往嘴里挤,我边赞道。
还没挤完这根棒棒冰,我又分到了一根。我也捏在手里,像他们一样。
整个下午的时间,孩子们和我没有离开小卖部,我们尝遍了棒棒冰所有的味道,我最喜欢可乐味道。

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杏、西瓜还有自行车

116km from Wenjiang to Huanglong Xi Brook, Chengdu

sunny 32 °C
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如果不骑车到黄龙溪,恐怕就吃不到新鲜的杏和西瓜,也没有了被大家热烈讨论的机会。
从黄龙溪回家,已经是午后的两点。沥青的路面和着太阳一起,不由分说地把空气蒸煮。
一离开停车的地方,就是一个上坡路。之后上坡和下坡便一个接一个。早上一路骑过来,还好心里已经有了底。
坡虽然不陡,但却又缓又长。同路的女孩一人掉了很远的距离。
上了一段平路后,路的两旁有了一些卖水果的小摊子。从路旁地里或旁边山上摘下果子,他们就直接将一箩筐地摆到了路边。
另一个朋友建议休息。我们停在了一个卖杏的摊子旁。几个女老板马上把我们团团围住。
用她们的方言说出的杏和“杏”听起来确实不一样,可不明白这两种杏有什么区别。
“这么热的天还骑自行车,我才不骑啦,”她们围在我们旁边皱着眉,扁嘴道。
“锻炼身体”,我们埋着头只管往嘴里塞杏子。
“锻炼身体好,帅哥更帅了,”几个人边说边笑。
一会儿工夫,帅哥就吃掉了几个杏。
杏的颜色黄得像午后的阳光,但不刺眼。一咬下去,便是一口香甜的汁水,味道像桃子。
女孩倒在椅背上,仰着头说:“如果可以做一个农民,天天这样悠闲地坐着,多好啊!”
可我们今天还有几十公里的路要骑。为了鼓励她,朋友有了新主意,“走吧,到前面我们再去吃西瓜。”
“好啊,好啊!又有西瓜吃了!”女孩高兴地喊出来。
“我们就一路吃着回去吧!”她建议道。
蹬上车,只几分钟,我们就看到了前面路边的西瓜摊。
“老板,买西瓜!”还没停下车,朋友就喊道。
老板娘掀开塑料布给我们看竹筐里的小小西瓜,“中午才从地里摘下的,新鲜,很甜。”
不顾砍价了,朋友拿了西瓜往秤上一放。
“有没有刀,”老板娘还在算钱的时候,我们就已经啃了起来。
两块很快就下肚,一站起身来,肚子里一片哗啦哗啦地响。
“你们太厉害了,这么热还骑自行车,你让我骑我都不骑,” 老板娘的评语与上一站一样。
“锻炼身体嘛!”我们包着满嘴的甜汁儿悠悠地说道。
老板娘给我们从马路对面的加油站端来洗手水。
“现在做农民不容易了,一年下来才一点儿钱,” 老板娘好象在自言自语。
“夏天我都在这里卖西瓜,你们下次再来吧!”
“路上小心”,见我们踏上了车,她叮嘱我们说。
有了杏和西瓜在肚里,还有40多公里的路在前面。我们挥手告别西瓜摊后继续往前骑。

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Suntanned in January, in Dali

2007 Jan. trip to Dali

sunny 22 °C
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January in Dali brought countless amaze to Xiao Yu since he comes from the colder place.

The same afternoon after we arrived Dali from Kunming, we went to drink tea. We were searching for the seats in the sun after 4 o’clock. Most of the seats were hidden in the shadow. Going left to one small alley, we saw surprisingly the seats shinning under the sun.

We were seated there, lifting the faces to the sun, the sunlight spreading over our bodies. Not in a long time we got heat coming underneath the skin.

We went to Mont. Cang. The air was quite chilly in the mountain’s morning. I asked Xiao Yu to walk fast to chase after the sun rays in front of us. Once we went out from the shadow to the bright spots, the bodies got warmth immediately. I preferred to stay in the sun much more time and we picked up one stone seat to expose ourselves to the sun, even our feet did not want to hide in the shoes either. We took them out and enjoyed the sun bath together.

One day’s cycling let us become even suntanned. I took the pictures of Xiao Yu’s redness on the neck, the forehead and the arms. I was much better from red, because I got deep tanned just skipping becoming red. Our T-shirts were in the sun dust too. They looked yellow on the front. We could not help laughing and let us with those sun-dusted T-shirts together in the pictures, into our memories on Dali too.

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Steamed Buns in Dali

2007 Jan. trip to Dali

sunny 22 °C
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I have not got so many steamed buns in the past 20s years. But after they became the favorite foods of Xiao Yu, it becomes mine too. I forgot those comments on steamed buns from the people in China.

We were looking for something to eat for dinner. I suggested curry, because I started to miss the favor of it. But it was really difficult while the streets were stuffed with pizza, steak, Japanese Sushi and so on. After a while, wandering almost the busiest streets, I was stopped by one restaurant named Tibet something. We opened the menu, and surprised to notice they had the curry there. So lucky we are! And the luck came again later. After we went back to the guesthouse, we found out one steamed buns restaurant at the corner.

We went there directly next morning without any doubt. It had already been crowded around 8 o’clock. We shared the table with the others.

The smell of the steamed buns was coming from the bamboo-made basket and it spread to everywhere. Luckily we did not need to wait since it is kind of Chinese fast foods. We had those a little white, but a little brown and round buns put before us on the table soon.

After the first taste, our appetite was aroused by this small, oily on the floor restaurant. We went there everyday for breakfast. Surprisedly, we had two baskets of steam buns the next morning, and they were 16 buns. Even after several days for the same breakfast, we had not lost our good appetite on them.

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