So this being our first major rip, we are bound to make some pretty big mistakes, it’s just inevitable really. So we figured if anyone who is reading this blog plans on going on a trip soon you could learn from us.
Basically don’t ruin your trip with stupid errors, let us make the fuck ups, write about them and then both we (Poi and Kirsty) and you (our dedicated? Readers) can learn from them.
So lesson 1?…… you have to plan somethings.
Before this trip we were perhaps a little bit too easy going about our plans “yeah we’re just flying to Beijing and then we’ll see what happens”. Well what happened was we got to Beijing spent the first few days running round like crazy tourists and forgot we were meant to be moving on after a week.
So we arrived at Beijing railway station a few days before hoping to move on, thinking everything would be fine.
“Hello there fine railway station ticket sales assistant, may my darling girlfriend Kirsty and I be supplied with a sleeper ticket each for three days’ time please” (that’s how we speak in England)
Turns out sleepers are in high demand, makes sense thinking about it now. There were not tickets available for well over a week, so we were as you might say…..screwed.
We got back to the hostel and spent about an hour with the lovely lady whose job it is to help idiots like us plan train journeys and tours etc. With only a thirty days on our visa we had to look at where we most wanted to go and how we could get there.
So our new plan, we are no longer going to xi’an but instead zooming down south on a rather posh, super-fast train to Hangzhou, Which is fine by me, being possibly the place I’ve been looking forward to most in China.
So to recap – as great as it is to have no plans, sometimes there is no choice but to plan ahead, at least a little so you don’t miss out on anything like we now have. And buy tickets at least five days in advance in china – well Beijing anyway!
Lesson Learnt! Lesson 2 coming soon…. But hopefully not too soon.