Continue Tuesday 10th November - ARRIVED IN GUILIN
It was quite a trip and we arrived after dark. Feeling hungry Ad grabbed a parcel covered in banana leaf as a snack. It contained rice and beans, was ok a bit salty for my liking. Got a cab to the Breakfast Backpackers hostel and managed to get in a dorm room for the night. A nice chilled out place with many tourists lounging in the café area in front of reception. We dumped our bags and headed out to the town. Straight away a local guy got talking to us, he was very nice but our chatting led us to his art gallery. It was very nice and he had some beautiful paintings. Obviously we wasn't going to buy, where would we put them, but thanked him for his time and showing us around and headed off. Found some shops - very much like home, Ad was looking for a new day bag as his kept ripping, I've sewn it a number of times, he found some possible keepers but not sure.
Found a cheap place for dinner where we had a huge noodle soup, very filling and tasty, reminded me of eating in Japan, brought back good memories. Then took a stroll around the lake, capturing many pictures of the sun and moon pagoda's all lit up at night, very pretty. The whole walk way was done up nice, lit up in many colored lights, so cute. Lights went out about 10:30, so we headed back. Bit of web, watched rest of Liar Liar and then sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Wednesday 11th November - CAKES, SNACKS AND PARTY BUS
9:10am start - 3rd time running, think that's our brain alarm clock setting at the mo. Woke up the other person in our room from our rustling WHOPPS! Found a nice place in town to share a fried noodle and fried rice, not the best brekky in the world, but suited us just fine, it tasted very nice and was delicious so all good. Now just had to check out of hostel and book our bus, which doesn't leave until tonight, so we have a whole day here. The tours seem too expensive for what they are, so we decided to just stick to the area.
Got talking to an English couple who were just off to see the local cave, but at £9 a person, we wasn't that bothered about it. Went for a look around another section of town. After 4.5 days of no cakes and chocolate, I slipped and we ventured into a cake shop. Ad got a pizza looking slice and I got what I thought was a cheesecake topped with coconut sprinkles - it turned out to be all cream, but hey ho tasted good all the same. So naughty we even picked up cookies for our trip tonight tut tut.
Looked around the shops some more, Ad still never found a day bag he liked. Came across a stationery shop and managed to find a really nice diary, which Ad is going to put away for me for Christmas YEHH, I love diaries, unfortunately there was nothing suitable for Ad. On way back to hostel we saw a sweet shop, which was like torture, it had all the good stuff from home, but was way too expensive, I couldn't just gwalk passed could I, nope I had to go in and have a look, luckily Ad managed to drag me back out again.
He'd been looking at lots of images in a kinda travel diary he found in the stationery shop and this gave him inspiration to focus a bit more on the photos he was taking. This meant that his normal 30mins of taking a picture - now became an hour, oh yes we stopped every few seconds so he could get that arty farty pic he's been wanting to get zzzzzzzzzz.
Sat around waiting for bus, got chatting to the English couple again and they said we didn't miss much at the caves, so that's good. A really sweet lady who originally comes from Indonesia came to get us, she was so cute, reminded us of a little umper lumper, she got us to follow her, there was us thinking the bus would be just around the corner, but nope she got us to follow her onto a local bus, which she paid for and she got off with us at the bus station and walked us right over to our night bus. Talk about top service.
The bus looked like a party bus, lights all over it and blacked out windows, it's been pimped. It was just as impressive on the inside, even better than the last one we went on, with it's shiny wooden floors and neat interior - NICE!! We were more than happy to take our shoes off and place them into plastic bags. The covers were so soft and had cute pic's of puppies on them arrrhhh so sweet. Ad's body was slightly too long for his bed, so we swapped, for some reason my nice spot near the window had more leg room, it was only fair. Had trouble sleeping at first and although I finally got to sleep, I did keep waking up, think I was just a bit hot. Better than sitting all the way though, so can't complain.