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Dumbling chef_Chengdu_by Sandra Herd

Here we are finally in China, Chengdu to be precise.  After the last minute rush to pack up the house and pack up our lives we’re finally here in a cosy hostel, drinking beer for 72 cents a bottle and finding our ‘travel feet’ in a slow but steady fashion.  There has certainly been some culture shock…not so much because we’re in China but more because we’re not used to lugging our luggage around.  I’d forgotten what it was like and it came flooding back pretty quickly as we stuffed our bags into the back of the taxi from the airport and spilled out in a dishevelled mess on our midnight arrival at the hostel.

That was over a week ago and already it feels like we’ve been away for weeks. We’ve been out to Jiuzhaigou (an eight hour bus trip North of Chengdu) and Huanglong and stayed a night in Songpan before coming back here to the hostel where we started from. We’ve taken a bicycle tour through the manic streets of Chengdu and sampled the steamed dumplings  made by the man in the image above.  Our legs hurt, our backs ache and my camera trigger finger is worn out but we are loving every minute of it…and it’s only just begun.

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  • Comment by Kel — May 29, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    Love the photo and the update. Keep them coming.

  • Comment by Peta North — May 30, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    Its always hard packing up and the first few days away seem the worst as you settle into a routine…keep snapping and posting…..

  • Comment by Pete Hodgson — June 1, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Sounds like the beginning of a great adventure to me Sandy, as Peta said keep posting when you can as we’ll look forward to some more of your travel pics.

  • Comment by True North mark — June 1, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Yep have fun Sandy…we are all expecting nothing less than sheer greatness! :)

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — June 3, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Hi Kel!
    Welcome to the blog…..will keep them coming for sure. Just need to find a stable conncetion here!!

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — June 3, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Hey Peta,
    No routine yet….although packing the camera bag always take first priority :-)

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — June 3, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Hi Pete..glad you’re coming along for the ride. Can I still bail you up for advice when we get to India??

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — June 3, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    oh, the pressure hee hee. Congrats on your Bussleton Jetty Photo too!!

  • Comment by Pete Hodgson — June 7, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    Of course Sandy, I am probably not the worlds greatest authority but will help if I can.

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — June 16, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Cheers Pete. Won’t be for a while yet but will drop you an email when we’re heading that way. :-)

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