Wednesday I left straight after Kinder and met the girls and Pip’s parents at Jiangoumen Station (after they’d told me the wring exit and I waited there for 25 minutes I walked to the right one…) not having a phone can be very frustrating…from there we walked to Ritan Park which is beautiful and found the Stone Boat Café where we had some dumplings and noodles for dinner. At 7pm the next train tickets from Kunming to Guilin that we needed opened up for sale so we had given Cindy money and she was going to the local one near Vik’s house to buy them for us. We got a call through dinner that the ticket place hadn’t sold her any saying they didn’t have tickets and that we’d have to go to the main Beijing station…again. Peta had to go there too to get tickets with her mum so we jumped in taxi’s and met up again there. We stood in line and saw a funny as fight between an agro lady and a guy in the line who luckily wasn’t hitting her back but she was trying to get his throat and strangle him haha there are always a lot of tightly strung people in this huge hall like we were when we finally got to the front and were told there were no tickets… we tried another booth and watched them search and got the same result. There is only one train from Kunming to Guilin but it couldn’t have sold out in one hour and all the ticket people said to buy them from Kunming station. Rosie has a flight from Guilin so we have to get there but we weren’t getting anything else from the ticket sellers so we walked out again thinking about our options. We saw an international youth hostel so walked over to it and sat down at the information desk. We got told they can only help us with tickets to and from Beijing and said we should be able to buy them in Kunming but not wanting to risk it we asked them to give us the number of the international youth hostel in Kunming and see if we can get them to book it for us. I left the girls because I remembered a bus number that took me to my door but after walking about a kilometer without finding the bus number I ended up back at the train station and got a subway home anyway which just topped off a not great night!!
Here’s my cross stitch so far…and what it should look like one day.