After a 23 hour train ride, we have arrived in Qinghai. Hello western China! We are here!

One of Amanda’s former students met us at the train station, which was great because we didn’t really know where we were going.  We had a phone number for the hostel and got a reservation, and then went to the hostel. They were surprised to see us and, at first, it seemed we would not be able to have a room. But we have one. Which is good.

Other good points for today include befriending a cat, meeting up with said student and her son and eating dinner with them, and eavesdropping on some francophone tourists.

Also, we have befriended the francophone tourists! They are from Switzerland and they have invited us to have drinks with us tonight! I’ll keep you posted.

Tomorrow we’re going to Qinghai Lake.  We have, at the moment, a map of town, and a really sketchy plan to show up at the long distance bus station and just ask for “Qinghai hu?” over and over again.  I’ll let you know how that goes…

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