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WOW! Now this was an experience! We took a cruise ship down the Yangtze with all the chinese tourists...It is difficult enough because barely anyone speaks English in China...but this boat had no one, no one speak it at all. We found a common language of course - the one that involves pointing, signing and saying "XieXie" an awful lot. To be honest with you, we are terrible tourists, we should have learnt more of the language...but slowly bit by bit we are begining to understand shorter sentences. It is quite funny when you say to a Chinese person that you don't understand what they've just said, they normally simply repeat it again :D After the twentieth time of hearing the same phrase you begin to comprehend what they're on about. So far we have met two kinds of Chinese - awesome, nice, superhelpful and cute...and the total opposite.  Constant sound of some old guy coughing up his flem and then spitting it on the ground is also very common. Oh and oh the smell and appearance of public toilets are rediculous...they're scwats, which means if you want to go for number two - good luck. To a normal europen gentleman that pose is impossible to achieve and believe you me I've tried. Perhaps the need didn't overtake my senses completely. So, even the poshest hotel, as we found out, you will find a scwatty. Those who are about to embark on travels to South East Asia any time soon - beware...and stock up on your own toilet paper or otherwise use the hand.

We are currently in Yichang, on our way towards Guilin.

Oh, well...time's the Travelblog for more details


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Tom Tirins
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom
Ex-studio photographer, turned engineer, turned UN loving, energy NGO supporting worker. Currently coordinating global studies on energy resources and scenarios at the World Energy Council.


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sparco2 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!!!
GoodMarie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hi there, i've used your brushes on the header of my new blog [link] thanks a lot!
halo-monk Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!!! you're most welcome
Bratby Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Tom!! My lover x
halo-monk Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Paulie!!! How's travelling?
KaysThoughts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Thanks a lot for faving :heart:
RobHM Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Photographer
FangsAndNeedles Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks for the fav :)
nehpets Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
My MAN! how have you been? I really like some of your new stuff! keep it up !
abiparmenter Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student General Artist
featured! :aww: [link]
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