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I wake up at 6 and take a shower and finish my diary from yesterday.
I go with Hans to the Danish consulate where I charge the PDA while I go to the supermarket to buy some food, so I don`t have to buy all meals on board the ship. It`s raining. Afterwards back to the consulate. Write letters on the PDA, e-mail a little, there are still many friendly mails expressing relief and joy that I`m still alive. I answer them all. At last I say goodbye to the consul, it`s really been a pleasure.
I set out for Qiao Tian Men, but after having almost seen it, I get lost after having entered a turning street and gone up some stairs. I`m heading in the wrong direction when I for the third time feel obliged to ask. This city is not for beginners.
When I`ve studied my connection card more closely, something is
written in English at the back, according to which I have to meet up at
the bus station, where you normally arrive, but my ticket does NOT
include the bus ticket. Everyone is more 89interested in selling me
something than to help, so I end up using the "emergency call" to Hans`s
wife Lisa. She phones a number on my ticket, and I find out that I only
have to walk 100 m more, then I`m at No.5 Ciao Tian Lu.
I have forgotten that we`re not going to enter the boat here. First a bus to Wanzhou and it doesn`t leave until 16 so I kill time with some diary writing. Here in the office there`s at least a table and a chair.
When I at last enters the bus thinking I want t9o sit in front to be able to see, I tall European is already there. Can I sit next to you? I ask and for God knows which reason I continue: Es ist nicht besetzt? And the man is German by the name Burghard and we talk all the way to Wanzhou. He was in Chengdu during the earthquake, has visited his son, who is doing German military duty on a school there and when we`ve both ordered 1.kl we`re put in the same cabin. Fine.