Day 2 - Lijiang by night

they had a little xmas tree up in the hostel. there isnt a differnce between a hostel and hotel here. they call them the same thing and they are all courtyard structures.

another thing to add to the charming factor of this town and all the restuarnats, hotels, etc.. are that there are lanterns everywhere. paper lanterns, cloth lanterns, rice paper lanterns, ect....

its basically restaurants, store/stalls for shopping, and accomodations that are in this town.

we had drinks with 2 of the girls from the dongba cultural insititute. Jody, and amy. jody is han chinese and amy is naxi. they both spoke english and mandarin. they were super super nice. chinese people are too nice. they even brought us to scripts on the good dongba paper as gifts. they told us how the naxi culture is becoming influenced by regular chinese han culture. how the girls wear miniskirts now, etc... Amy was saying that she has to help her family out with the farm so she can't go anywhere else. Her english is very good and she is very smart so it makes me sad that even if we could help her out she still can't go anywhere else because her family needs her on the farm. when we were going our separate ways Amy told us that she will remember this night forever and it was so nice to meet us. cry.

i drew them on the backs of my postcards. i did a bad job. i am sorry

a lot of the old town is lit up like epcot center.

there are tons of these woman who make scarves and shawls and shawl like things. i bought a scarf for $2.20. the shawl things are $10. so cheap

a few of the weavers had awesome color schemes.

look at these shoes. they have some kind of woven hemp like heel and lace up in the back with this dual tounge type thing. girls get to wear the best stuff. i made lily buy these the next day. they were $40. i will post better product shots of them later so you can see how dope they are.

the bathroom at the hostel. no heat in the place. freezing. here is something for everyone and especially bob to laugh at. I had to take a shiet and have not yet perfected the useage of these squatter toilets. I tried and tried but was so paranoid that i was going to sheit on the only pants i had for the whole trip that i just had to take everything off and do it naked. sorry if its TMI but i thought it was funny. i was laughing in the bathroom.
various disposable slippers from the hotels we stayed at so far.


Micaela Zahner said...

I love that Amy will remember that night forever, that's really cool. And, yeah, also... I too am laughing about your TMI in the bathroom. Thank you for that detail. :)