A hectic morning


1. Chengdu 12.04.10

2. Chengdu 13.04.10

3. Chengdu 14.04.10

4. Chengdu - Maoxian 15.04.10

5. Maoxian 16.04.10

6. Maoxian 17.04.10

7. Maoxian-Chengdu 18.04.10

8. Chengdu 19.04.10

9. Chengdu 20.04.10

10.Chengdu 21.04.10

11.Chengdu - Kunming 22.04.10

12.Kunming 23.04.10

13.Kunming 24.04.10

14.Kunming (Shilin) 25.04.10

15.Kunming 26.04.10

16.Kunming - Dali 27.04.10

17. Dali 28.04.10

18. Dali-Lijiang 29.04.10

19. Lijiang 30.04.10

20. Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge 01.05.10

21. Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang 02.05.10

22. Lijiang-Kunming 03.05.10

23. Kunming 04.05.10

24. Kunming (West Lake Mountain) 05.05.10

25. Kunming 06.05.10

26. Chengdu 07.05.10

27. Chengdu (Airport) 08.05.10

28. Chengdu (Dujiangyan) 09.05.10

29. Chengdu (Cykelværktøj) 10.05.10

30. Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou 11.05.10

31. Jiuzhaigou 12.05.10

32. Jiuzhaigou-Songpan 13.05.10

33. Songpan-Maoxian 14.05.10

34. Maoxian 15.05.10

35. Maoxian 16.05.10

36. Maoxian (Rådhuset) 17.05.10

37. Maoxian - Chengdu 18.05.10

38. Chengdu 19.05.10

39. Chengdu-Guangyuan 20.05.10

40. Guanggyuan-Xi'an 21.05.10

41. Xi'an 22.05.10

42. Xi'an (Moskeen) 23.05.10

43. Xi'an 24.05.10

44. Xi'an - Chongqing 25.05.10

45. Chongqing 26.05.10

46. Chongqing 27.05.10

47. Chongqing-Chengdu 28.05.10

48. Chengdu-Shifang 29.05.10

49. Shifang-Anchang 30.05.10

50. Anchang-Deyang 31.05.10

51. Deyang-Chengdu 01.06.10

52. Chengdu 02.06.10

53. Chengdu - CPH 03.06.10



Letter 53


Thursday 03.06.10

An early night? No, there`s always something happening.
In the evening Laura has friends "visiting". It`s an american and his chinese wife living in Chongqing, and she knows the wife. Within long I`m talking China with the american who`s also of some age.
It gets a long conversation. We agree on most and wonder equally much. It turns out that he`s going to teach art in the international school in Chongqing after the summer vacation, apparently the one the danish consuls daughters attend. It`s a small world.
If I ever get to Chongqing again, I can stay at their house, they`ve plenty of space - and I`ve got one more email contact.


Bicycle parking   A goodbye to the rocket on the corner


Everything was ready for take off - for once - I thought. How stupid I am - still. What have I forgotten this time? Is the plane cancelled like then? No. Have I double checked all? No. One thing I didn`t do... Checked the time for the taxi on my receipt.
It turn out that he`s written 7.30 p.m. And NOT a.m. even there was no doubt, that that was what I was talking about.
So NO car is on its way now at 7.30 where I and my danish friend are ready.
I don`t panic and noone else does. After all there`s still 3 hours before the plane leaves.
A car should be on its way but time passes and nothing really happens. I havn`t taped the box around the bike finally. I put on some tape, if they quarrel in the airport I ought to be able to make some quick adjustments.
Joe, my bicycle friend among the staff arrives and apologize, he`s the one that made the mistake.
Time passes and it`s decided that we better take a taxi together with the luggage now, then the van will have to take the bike whenever it arrives. Joe goes with us. The driver is annoyed I hear, but we roll on. He`s no doubt taking the fastest route. My young friend is obviously nerveus and it takes at least 40 minutes to get there, so as he hasn`t heard the story about the bike and I , I start telling to make time pass.
I`m so engaged, that I don`t pay attention to the driving, so when he asks, if I think we`re close to the airport now, I answer that we have to do the part on the highway first. "But we`ve just been doing 140 km/h" Oh, yes it looks like the surroundings I was gazing at long time ago.
So we reach the airport on time. I see Joe paying him 80 RMB (i hope he`s not going to pay for this himself?). And we also reach check-in.
My friend checks in, but I have the problem, that my bike hasn`t arrived yet. Well, check-in ends in 20 min, she tells me. What can I do? Phone Mix Hostel to have them calling the driver is a possibility. Luckily their number is in my phone. I call - and someone tells me I`ve out of money, I have to charge the account. This is just what I needed!
I get ready to go to look for it outside - this moment Joe steps in the hall with the bike. I didn`t panic at any moment that much I`ve got accustomed to China - you never know...
Joe tapes the box while I go to pay for it. A man from the airport tells me to let some air out of the tyres. Yes, I`m aware of this, but I never got the opportunity.
I put the sciccors and the pocket knife from the handluggage to the backpack and the tape to the handluggage, but I forget one other thing that was on the plan for today: I have the tools for the pedals and the unbraco keys in the handluggage, just in case, so in the security control I`m detained and the luggage is searched. The most senior officer is asked, if they can go? Hmm. Yes.
I continue towards gate A9, which is of course the last one, while they call flight no. KL0896 for Amsterdam for boarding.
I managed - once more.