I went to bed around 12:30 and managed to sleep about 4 hours before getting up. I will be fighting sleep this afternoon.
Forgive me for not throwing up a meaningful essay today. Perhaps something will come to mind later. I doubt you want to read any more semi-sarcastic travelogues.
I will leave you with an amusing anecdote. On Sunday we went to the Sun yat-Sen mausoleum in Nanjing. Like most places in China it was crowded. There were about a thousand school kids there (not an exaggeration). My colleague told me the kids were very excited. Most have never seen a “foreigner” (read round eye) before and found me way more interesting than a dead guy who died
|school kids in their blue track suit uniforms|
I am glad to give someone a thrill in life. My ego allows me to imagine that for the next couple of weeks the lad will be mentioned by his classmates: “Hey, remember that time Ralph spoke to that foreign guy”. In time the legend will grow to describe that we had a full conversation.
I have to admit, the whole thing made my day too.