Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I know you like them

February 2003

Once we crossed the Chinese border, the coach pulled over into a car park. The guide, speaking to us in Cantonese, told us that we had to change coach.

‘I knew we would not be taking this coach’ said Maggie, ‘much too deluxe’

Our new coach was pretty awful, it was impossible for me to get sufficient leg room. We sat near the back. Behind us was a young couple, who had a large bag of snack food. It wasn’t long before, they started asking Maggie about me. I was the only white face on the coach.

Our seat wasn’t connected to its frame, and therefore sliding forward, but it was too late to change.

After passport control, we drove for about an hour and a half before stopping at what looked like a derelict building. ‘We are here to see the garden’ said Maggie. It was small, but fairly pretty, we walked around it in a few minutes and took some photographs.

Next stop was a souvenir shop, selling jade, jade and more jade. After that, we stopped for lunch. ‘The guide says that we will have the birds nest soup’ Maggie told me, ‘so we have to get to the table first or the others will eat it all’

The lunch was ok, and I did get a little of the birds nest. Next to the restaurant was another souvenir shop. We were invited to go in. Maggie bought some snack food.

We drove on, this time to playground, where Maggie and I chose to do some grass skiing. The skates were incredibly heavy, and Maggie screamed the whole time, even though I held her hand down the slope.

I took the skates back whilst Maggie went to the toilet, when she returned two young Chinese girls were stood in front of me. I’d hardly noticed them, they weren’t pretty. ‘Those girls interesting to you, honey?’ she asked.
‘What girls?’
‘The girls you are staring at. Are they pretty to you?’
‘I wasn’t staring. I was daydreaming.’
‘Honey, I know you like them’

2 Comments:

Anonymous Carlton said...

I once was in a laundrymat when I found myself walking in a beautiful place that looked like a marketplace when someone I didn't know mistook me for someone else and invited me to a room full of people who also thought I was a famous writer. At first I felt out of place and embarrassed then I felt a sudden surge of self confidence come over me and I started reciting passages of a well known book by heart. At the end of the reading, everybody was applauding and that was a great feeling. I was awaken from that pleasant dream when a lady asked me if I was finished using the machine.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The full 325 pounds of barbell was on my chest and I was praying that I would have enough strength to push the bar back to its resting place when suddenly I looked up and saw Kathy, a very friendly student also earning a college degree at my school. I was relieved and surprised to see that she was also interested in body building when she asked if I needed a spotter :)

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