A visit to Greg's cheap and cheery hotel room.
Oct 23, 2017
|Today started out fairly quietly, with household chores being a priority. And included in that is my washing. Simple chores, help make the world go round!
I went out later in the morning, to get pages from my passport copied, ready for a second trip to the police station. I thought I had the right shop to also get passport photos, but I was wrong. I did try my translator (an app on my phone) to ask if he took passport photos, but he could not understand what was translated. So I tried again, without a sentence, just the words passport photo. Aha, I had success. Another customer in the shop, signaled for me to go with him, and he took me a few shops up the street, to the passport photographer! I find it hard to believe just how kind and helpful these people are. I did manage to have a very short, very simple conversation with him. I got the photos taken, and the lady said that they would be ready tomorrow, and by writing the numbers on a piece of paper, she assured me that they would be ready for 10am, to fit in with meeting Winnie back at the police station again at 10.30! I did feel rather chuffed with myself, and my achievement!
On the way back into the college, I stopped at a fruit seller's stall, and bought a lovely looking apple, which did turn out to be just as good as it looked. And I could not resist a huge mango. Total cost 6.2 RMB, equaling around $1.20! The mango was not quite ripe, but I can wait!
Melrose and I had a plan to visit Greg at his hotel, but I had to wait until after Scott's class, which was going to finish at 6pm. Then his class was changed, as the students were all at the hospital, doing some other study. So it meant I could head off a little earlier. I did get there way before Melrose, so I hung about taking some photos along the river, and then approached the hotel entrance, but was very surprised to find that it was like a mountain climbing course to get in! There are extensive road works happening on the road along the river, and the front of the hotel is the latest (temporary - hopefully!) casualty!
Greg was waiting in the foyer, and was very surprised to see what had happened at the front entrance. He had not seen it, as he usually leaves the hotel via a basement level that opens out on the bottom of Tianning Lu. I must remember and go back for a photo. I was so perplexed with actually scaling the heap of rubble, that the camera was the last thing on my mind at that stage!
We hung about for a while, but Greg was really hungry, so we went and had dumplings while we waited for Melrose. I told her where we were, and even took a photo to send her, but somehow we missed her, and she did not read my message, so as we walked back to the hotel, I had a message wanting to know where we were, as she was waiting on the 7th floor!
So we just got her to wait, and soon we were there. His room is fine, and I can see why he sticks with it. He pays 80 RMB a night, which is about $16! He has a huge bed, free wi-fi, TV, kettle, shower, basin, western toilet and a lift to reach his room. And even though the building is old, the room and the surroundings are very clean and well maintained. It is very central so very convenient for him.
We sat around and chatted for a couple of hours, before we decided we should head off. I had some shopping I wanted to do. I was planning to go to Computer City to buy a speaker for my computer, and also a usb hub. But Melrose suggested going to a little Japanese shop that has heaps of electronic gear, as well as beauty products. This is a shop Cheryl and I found in Guangzhou two years ago, and since then they have sprouted up everywhere.
I got a lovely speaker, which has Bluetooth capability and can play from a memory stick, or from my phone. It is rechargeable via a usb plug into the computer. It cost me 99 rmb, around $20. I could have got cheaper, but liked this model! And I got a 4 port usb hub for 15 RMB. That's $3. And apparently they have a great reputation for quality. So I hope so. They also have a reading light, with built in clock and calendar, but they were out of stock in the shop we visited, so I will see if I can find one in another store sometime.
By the time we got out of Miniso, it was nearly time for last buses, so we headed in different directions home.
I was already at home, when I received a beautiful photo of the four Hu boys together. And messages from Andy to say that they would be in Zhaoqing in the morning, just for a few hours. The others were already in Zhaoqing, and Andy was on his way, so we will meet in the morning! Woo-hoo! Can't wait to see them all! We are going to meet for a late breakfast, before Andy and his soldier brother catch the high speed train to Wuzhou, on their way home to Fuda village.