Train ride to Luoyang
Inside the train car
This morning's breakfast made me take back
my statement about how breakfast at the Gloria Park Hotel (Xian)
was really bad. I started off with some fried rice and pancakes
because there was nothing else to get. Then I saw some fresh shiao
long bao being brought out so Jason and I went to go get some.
In total we both had 18 which equals out to about 3 steam trays
full of shiao long bao. I had mine with soy sauce and a little
bit of hot sauce. I think it was the best breakfast I had on the
whole trip, even better than the Holiday Inn breakfast.
Today was our last day in Xian. After breakfast we went directly
to the Xian train station to get on a train to Luoyang. This was
my first time in a train station so I was pretty amazed at how
classified everything was. There were two waiting rooms - a hard
seat regular waiting room and a soft seat VIP waiting room - and
our group got to sit in the VIP lounge. Lisa was nice enough to
get us all a lunch (or late breakfast) from KFC: a chicken sandwich,
fries, mashed potatoes, and a coke. It was a very welcome break
from eggplant, rice, and tea.
The train ride to Luoyang was only 6 hours. Our train moved really
slow and we stopped at different locations in between so the actual
time between Xian and Luoyang probably wasn't 6 hours. The actual
train itself was a little old but it was my first time on a train
so just being there was really fun. Coincidentally, the group
next to us on the train was from Springfield, MO - SMSU to be
exact - and many of us started talking to them. It was a few college
students working on some sort of project and they were led by
two Chinese guides. Their stop was after Luoyang so we packed
up and said goodbye at Luoyang.
Luoyang seemed like a cool city even though it was dirty and
not as developed. The people there were really nice and that's
what made the city nice. After the train station we took the bus
to the hotel. I walked around a bit and then went to dinner. I
would have to say this was the worst dinner so far. I remember
the chicken and noodles were decent, everything else was bad.
Our hotel is horrible, too. The key isn't a key or a card key
but a metal disk that you aim at the door. The beds were hard
and the rooms smelled like old furniture. During free time I went
to an internet bar with Henry. I got an hour for 7 yuan and spent
it quickly without haste. I checked emails and replied to some,
and then I sent emails to my girlfriend and my parents updating
them about the trip. I still had some time on my card after that
so I played a few computer games until it was time to leave.
Before I went to sleep that night I took a look at the itinerary
and noticed that we were about halfway done with our trip. It
was amazing to think that time had gone that fast and relieving
to know that if there was anything we didn't like, it would all
be gone within a few more days.