Saturday, April 08, 2006

22 hours later ...

We made it to Kunming this morning! 22 hours on that train ... overall it wasn't so bad. We were lucky because our car was relatively empty on for the first 8 hours or so and we could stretch out. Once we arrived in Nanning, we saw the crowds and got a little scared. Our car filled up to the max and it was quite the experience being packed in the hard sleepers with everyone. So much for the no smoking sign as well as since the train employees were all lighting up in there. Once I get a chance, I'll post a photo here of what it looks like.

We both ended up getting the top bunk which is actually quite high. There's not much keeping you in either (2 vertical leather straps). It worked well for Ian though because his feet hung off the bed but we were high enough to be out of everyone's way.

We found our way to our hostel at 7 in the morning and it's a nice dorm! We were quite surprised, very busy too. I think there were a bunch of backpackers on that train because it filled up quite fast.

Kunming is a nice and relatively clean city compared to others we've been to. It's also very modern - many brand named stores everywhere. Surprisingly its elevation is at 1900m! No altitude problems here yet ... soon we'll be heading to the higher grounds.


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