With our ultimate destination next being Kunming, we had 2 routes to get there - either through Sanjiang and Liuzhou, or through Kaili. For various reasons, Sanjiang was our preferred waypoint but, at 9:30AM when neither the 7:30AM nor 8:30AM buses to Sanjiang had come through (supposedly the only morning options), we felt forced to change our plans. Buses to Congjiang and Kaili took up the rest of the day, with uncomfortable hours of traditional music on the DVD player pitched somewhere in the screeching range.
The next day we boarded a sleeper train for Kunming and, 14 hours later, were back in a city we'd first visited 5 months ago.
I quit the rat race in 2005, after working as an IT project manager for over a decade. I then travelled around the world for 4 years, a period of my life which is covered by this blog. After finishing my trip, I wrote a book about my dissatisfaction with my career, my reasons for quitting my job, life as a first-time thirtysomething backpacker, and finally the lessons learned from being exposed to experiences and people that I would never have encountered if I'd stayed in my office. The book is called "Out Of Office Male" and is available at all the usual eBook outlets.
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