I am now back in Wuxi after two weeks in the UK; apologies for the ‘blog-silence’ during this period. I flew via Doha with Qatar Airways again. The flight was fine; everything was on time, my luggage all made it and so on. I think years of having to travel via Easyjet and similar budget airlines has lowered my expectations of flying, so it is a pleasant surprise when the air hostesses are really helpful and don’t try and sell you scratch cards.
It was great to see John waiting for me at the airport. We took the Maglev train part of the way, stopped for a quick noodle (Japanese) lunch, and then got a taxi to Shanghai train station. We had to wait some time for our train and Shanghai train station isn’t the best place to hang around (don’t mention the toilets). However, when our train arrived it was quick and clean and we were easily able to get a taxi at the other end.
Despite missing John and having to take an exam, I had a nice couple of weeks staying in Matlock with my parents and with Charlotte in Manchester (big thanks). I was able to meet up with quite a few people, which was great, but there never seems to be enough time to see everyone. I was disappointed not to be able to get over to Macclesfield for a dance with Waters Green (maybe next year?) Thanks to everyone who patiently listened to my ‘Tales of China’ and for feedback on this blog. It is great to know people read it, although I do now feel pressure to make it more interesting.
I currently have terrible jet lag, couldn’t sleep at all last night then slept all day today. I need to find some kind of job, but if I carry on like this it will have to be on the night shift!