Hello Suzhou and goodbye Suzhou! I'm off to Yunnan for 6 days of leisure and fun. We'll fly to Kunming and from there somehow make our way to Dali... they we'll hand in Dali until we get bored and head off to the Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang. Eventually we'll fly back to Shanghai (via Kunming) from Lijiang, although I hope this goes well because the flight we were supposed to be on has already been cancelled.. Oh well, I am still so excited! I've already been to Yunnan once but that was a completely different kind of a trip, so this time I am looking forward to just relaxing, enjoying the food and not necessarily think about work.
We spent today, our "stopover" day, in Suzhou at the "wedding street," (this has become the new "tailor market" to bring visitors too! Much more fun here: you get your own catwalk and tiara!) making a wedding dress to my friend Caroline who's getting married this upcoming winter (And Caroline, if you are reading this: you're going to look gorgeous in this one, darling!). We also made a dress for mom and one for my sister... I'm a little bit nervous about how they are going to turn out, but let's hope for the best! At least it was a good way to get straight back into speaking Chinese again. Oh god! After chatting with numerous sales girls and tailors I felt completely exhausted when we eventually jumped into a taxi back. In fact, I almost fell asleep in the backseat!! Haha! My Chinese held up but it didn't feel as smooth as "back in the days" (ehhh) and I was sometimes lost for words. Oh well, I have an excellent opportunity to rely on it now during our stay in Yunnan.
After the dress making we went to a Korean restaurant (mom was in LOVE. She's a health bug and hit it off totally with the kimchi) and ate some much missed bibimbap (my oh my... so GOOD!) and then we went to have a massage... And now I have to say it: it's d*** good to be back in China!!! How I've missed this place!!
Anyways, now I better get back to packing and sorting out my clothes (I am determined that for once in my life I am going to travel light!)
Unless I find a computer in Yunnan, blogging will return to its normal, every-day-update kind sometime after September 5. Have a great week everybody, I am pretty sure I will.