Published: July 15th 2012July 15th 2012
The bad thing to give your email to local people is that I start to receive mails with Chinese address with no clue of who is writing to me. I was expected to receive copy of the photos I took with locals. But I am receiving Chinese characters that are not making any sense. But I am in contact with two Lamas, one from Ganzi and one from Lambrang Monastery from Langmusa. It is nice to keep in touch with them, even I understand half of what they are saying in their emails.
If I were a marketing person send to work in China, I will choose to work in clean products category division. I believe the Procter and Gamble and Unilever people here has a great opportunity, their bonus must be huge! But in the other hand is the most challenging job ever. It could be very rewarding make a good deal to clean a train station or a big common town area.
If you want to do something more entrepreneurial, there is a big opportunity teaching English, in big, middle and small towns. This actually sounds as an endless of an opportunity. Unfortunatly my mother tong in Spanish...
There is a big need to learn English here and few people in the position do accomplish this task. I heard they pay pretty well, but also you can start you own system, schools, books, etc…You want to stay at home and export something here, If I were you I would think about sending Californian oranges, the ones they have here sucks, I believe also exporting Toto, Ariel or any brand of Toilets could have a market, the coffee is a business that is growing a lot, and they are charging around 6 to 10 US for a cup of capucchino. Starbuck is doing well, but many other can come. Even my brother with his Nespresso machine could make an interesting income (if he manage to wake early to brew for the locals) Do not invest in seatbelts, they will not use it. Do not invest in napkins there is not such a concept developed yet. They just use handkerchief paper, when they do it.
In Shangri La I went to the local Monastery. As every in China is in construction. They said there are 700 monks there. I have non seen one. It is more a Tibetan Disney place. They even have a bus in the entrance to take the tourist to the monastery, and as in most of the places you are not allowed to take pictures inside them. This place has not pilgrims, not students, not lamas…but it is nice and quite when you avoid the big Chinese tour that passes full of people behind a guide with a flag shouting like a couch in a world cup semifinals field.
My German friend decided to go to the mountains to hike and I decided to change my plane ticket for the 3 time. I am going back to America land.
I walked under the heavy rain and changed money for the last time, I bought a bus ticket to Shangai, 12 hours ride in a sleeping bed.
I arrived back to Kunming. Walked around the city in constructions. They are building the trans =Asian train and also the local Metro, imagine how it feels going around there this days. I went to the most ancient Buddhist temple. It was in construction, and dirty. Nothing very interesting there. The small artificial lake was polluted and the vegetarian restaurant next to it recommended by lonely planer was closed long time ago!
I walked around the flowers and birds market, that is not selling anymore flowers not birds, just a few rabbits, a hamsters, among all other touristic things. I bought 3 local teas of dry flowers, because the sellers insisted so much and I spent so much time asking questions about the differences of them that I felt ashamed not buying anything.
I came back to the Camelia Hostel and then had dinner in a western place. I ate fish, a real solid fillet snaper and my soul smiles.
I woke up early at 5 am to take the plane to shangai. A long story to find the shuttle to the new airport, but I made it.
I am in Shangai, picking up the luggage I left here. I passed to Zara and I bought 2 blouses ,,,I am in the way to Mexico now to work for a week…and I am afraid I do not have anything to wear there …I just hope I will have some time to find my car, my keys in LA and have time to enter to storage and see what I can get there.
Well, this is the end. At least for the moment, until my next adventure... Thanks for being there, following this amazing internal, external journey.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing to you. Hasta pronto!
PS if you are planning to travel to Asia, do not hesitate to contact me and ask me any question, there is nothing such as stupid question, as I always heard my teachers said. Well, here even less. You have to ask everything, and not take for granted anything, because probably things will not happen as you expected…