Well I am finally arrived, my most anticipated country of the trip - CHINA! After growing up watching Kung Fu movies, and with an unhealthy obsession from Mongolian Beef, no vegetables (ordered from Chinese Palace), I have been waiting for this moment for a long time.
It's a funny thing, the normal factor that either makes or breaks a country has largely depended on my expectations of that country before I go. This means my favorite countries are inversly proportionate to most people's favorite countries - for example, Laos, which I constantly heard great, amazing things about, I didn't really enjoy that much. However Thailand - which has the reputation of being over touristy, package destination, and not as good as you would expect - I loved!
This made me really nervious that no matter how good/bad China was, it would not/could not ever live up to the expectations in my mind. Well, that's not the case - I love this place! Well, okay, so I've only been here for two days, but here in Kunming, Yunnan, in the south of China, I have found an amazing hostel for $2, and made great friends immedatly. I have had my shoes shined for a quarter, tasted a variety of great Chinese food, and ate Chinese style (everyone shares all the dishes), with some friends, including a local Chinese guy named Lee (or that's what we call him anyway), danced the night away with really shy, funny Chinese girls, and super nice guys who would give out shots of beer every couple of minutes ("Gang Bei!"), watched old men play Mahjong in the park, bartered in Chinese on the street for some new warm weather clothes (new gloves, hat, long johns, and shirt for $9), and even had a spontanious fun conversation about Yao Ming (because I am so tall), and dozens of other crazy situations - AND I'VE ONLY BEEN HERE 48 HOURS!
Ahhhh, I love travelling.