Today is Saturday. I got on a train on Thursday and I’m still on board now. The trip from Nanjing to Chengdu takes almost two days. It is the longest continuous stream of transport I’ve endured so far. At least no hard seat is involved. Rather, I’m comfortably residing on the bottom of a three-tiered hard-sleeper bunk compartment with my journal, a copy of ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, deck of cards and the most excellent travel companion, Carrie.
The only real difficulty I’ve faced was an unexpected ambush by a case of diarrhea. It forced me into an arduous battle with another evil squat toilet. This one apparently was seeking revenge for the defeat of its Japanese cousin, and must have trained hard to put up a challenge. Hovering over a ‘wet’ floor, dodging flies and ignoring the putrid stench of stale lemonade and ripe brownies is bad enough, but the constant jolting and acceleration of the train caused a new set of trials to overcome. In the end, I was able to walk away victorious again; my clothes unsoiled, the contents of my pockets still in place and no slips or falls into certain doom.
Evil Squat Toilets = 0. Adam = 2!
Now I must train harder as well, for in the next couple months I will be entering the domain of the big boss himself: India!
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