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End of the Business Trip

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Well, it’s been a week and just like I promised, another blog entry. First time for everything, right? I’m currently at the Hangzhou Airport after 3 weeks back on the mainland, waiting for my flight back to Hong Kong. It has been great to be back in the “real” China, but I’m looking forward to some normalcy after spending most of my time between the office and the numerous hotels I’ve stayed in. This past week has been pretty quiet; not much went on in the office.

So Wednesday was Duanwu Jie here, which is the Dragon Boat Festival. I woke up late, had some breakfast and took a taxi over to the West Lake. While I was walking around, revisiting some of the sights on my last couple of times there, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turn around and see some random Chinese girl. She introduces herself as Anny, and due to the fact that the person she was supposed to meet that day had bailed on her, and she wanted to know if I wanted to hang out with her. Well, knowing me, you know how I would have reacted. First of all, who does this random girl think she is tapping me on the shoulder and asking me to spend the day with her? And second, I was tired and didn’t really want to be around people. However, for some reason that I cannot fathom, I said ok. Turned out to be a pretty fun day. We just walked around, her speaking terrible English, me speaking terrible Chinese.

There was actually one point in time where she was really annoying me, so I tried to ditch her in a mall, but goddangit, that girl was tenacious. She found me, and so I decided to give her a second shot. We got some street food, something cold to drink and sat for a while. She showed me a diary that she was translating into English and needed my help, so I helped her with that. Later, we went to a mall where I was looking for suspenders and she was looking for a dress. No one was successful. That evening, we got some dinner and dessert and parted ways. It was a surprisingly relaxing, and I’ve got to say, I’m glad she was bold enough to tap me on the shoulder. Maybe I should try that sometime…

The rest of the week was low key, and on my last day at the office, one of my coworkers took me back to the West Lake and we ate at about 5 different restaurants. I had a great time, and it was a nice ending to my time back here in China.

I don’t know what projects or work I’ll be doing back in Hong Kong, but judging how this first month (yikes!) has gone already, I know it will be interesting, and I know it will be challenging.

From the relaxing and soothing city of Hangzhou,

Ben

Posted by bengully 18:51 Archived in China Tagged cruises

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