Point Hills (Should) Make Me Feel Fine....

Written from Yangshuo, China on Monday, September 14th, 2009
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I feel so crappy, but I wish I had more energy to see Yangshau, China and this entire area.

Yesterday after we got here I did practically nothing but lie down and feel gross. We did have to go out to find food and a grocery store, but zero energy to do much else. Feels like I've been unwell for ages and I'm so tired of being tired. I wish I could teleport home for a week and restock my pack with some of my own clothes, eat real food, see all the people I want to see......... maybe even a hot bubble bath. Maybe I need two weeks. One week for sleeping and eating, the second to socialize :).

My friend Brian wrote me an update, and I miss him Deanna and the boys so much. I can't believe I missed his older son Coopers first Birthday, and missed the Birth of Dashel in March. I know I'm just being like this because I feel crappy but sometimes I just wish I could just hide in my own bubble until I'm ready to face the world. I'll get out of this and I still want to see the rest of the world, but at the moment I just miss everyone, and want things quiet :(.

Today was a better day :). I'm starting to get myself together and we rented bikes to ride around the countryside. Yangshau is another stupidly tourist place, but as soon as you hope on a bike and peddle for 5 minutes your out in the country and away from everyone but local farmers... and a couple toutes trying to get you to buy a bamboo raft tour. We rode the bikes on a trail that wove through small comunities and rice fields on either side of us :). The landscape is pretty neat here. The field are perfectly flat and all the surrounding area, and then out of nowhere are these peaks of  rounded limestone poking out into the air. It's so pretty. In some of the rice fields you could see some large bolder limestone rocks that come up and look like mini versions of the ones in the distance. Wonder if they wish to grow up as big as the others :).

The trail we took led us to the Dragon Bridge, it's named this because everything in China is named Dragon, or Heavenly or Jade something :). Ok, I have no clue how it got it's name, but it was a good place to stop and sit at the waters edge cooling our feet in the river. We saw a few bamboo boats float by, but were happy enough to be on bikes :).

We headed back to the Hotel for a rest then had planned to go see some Moon Hill place. Aparently the rock formation has a moon shape formed inside. However by the time we headed out to see it it started to rain a bit. Not much at first, but all of a sudden the sky opened up. We hid like the motorcyler riders under the thin trees.... not much protection, but better then nothing.  We got pretty wet and finally decided we didn't care enough to bother with Moon Hill even though it was clearing up. Instead we headed back and stopped on a bridge that had an amazing view. The peeks of tree covered limestone peaks looked like they went on forever. It was so peaceful and the air felt temporarily lighter afer the rain. This is aparently a place people start and stop the bamboo rafting and we saw a few that had been caught in the rain heading back.

Along the way back there were people in hot air ballons raising above the peaks that looked so clear right after the rain. I'll dream tonight of floating over the green rice fields looking down at all the beautiful peaks :).

We had planned to head to Xing Ping a place Sayaka had recommended, but there was a tropical storm heading in names Capu?? It's an area where you can hike up some of the limestone peaks and watch the sunrise or set :). It would have been nice to head there, but I'm not up to tons of vigerous hiking, and the rain will make it dificult. So we opted for heading towards Vietnam.

I wish we had of spent less time in the North and more time in this area or other places in the South. I have no idea when I'll ever learn that I'm not a big fan of cities. Most cities are loud and busy filled with high rises and pollution. I much prefer wandering through beautiful areas rather then the concrete jungle.....

Tomorrow we'll take the bus back to Guilin to grab our stuff and hopefully be able to book the night train for Nanning. It's 12 hours away and breaks up the long trip to Vietnam.  Sayaka has a flight arriving on the 21 September to Saigon then we'll be meeting on the beaches in the South :).

I think I'm on the mend.......... again. Hopefully Vietnam will be a fresh start and I can be healthy again. I think the air quality should be better, but I just found out that Vietnam has 85 Million people??? I thought it was a thin small country, but apparently it's bigger then Germany??? It also appears to take 3 days by train from North to South, so I think we'll be doing a few night trains to get around.

We're not staying long in Nanning so I'll say it now just in case.

So long China!!!! Can't say I'll miss you, but I am glad I enjoyed some of your smaller villages, towns and even a couple cities.Five weeks is not enough to scratch the surface of seeing China, but enough to get an idea of what it's like. Doubt Chris will ever return, but if I ever become outragiously rich overnight I may give it another try....... maybe.

Thank you stick food and Magnum ice cream bars.... I couldn't have done China without you :).

Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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