No Raincoat Needed.
Over the weekend I went to Discoveryland amusement park. It wasn’t a big place, but still, I enjoyed myself for what it was. Most of the rides certainly lacked the thrill that I would expect from something similar back in the US, but considering that I haven’t been to an amusement park since I was 16 it didn’t take too much to make me dizzy. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), I didn’t even have the opportunity to try the hand full of big rides. Apparently, if the weather is too windy they have to shut down the rollercoasters. The go-carts where the big attraction even though they lasted only two slow laps.
The end of the day involved a log ride, one of my favorites. Before hand, ponchos could be purchased for a few yuan. However, what’s the point of a poncho on a water ride. My past experiences involved very little water actually coming into contact with my person. So, my friend and I climbed aboard the boat (I know I said log initially. It was the same kind of ride). Meanwhile, everyone one else aboard had purchased a poncho. The ride twisted around a few banks and climbed the hill that would lead to the big descent. The only water at this point was under the boat. Then came the plunge. All I could see was what appeared to be a giant tidal wave in front of me and I actually thought we might under up under water. Actually, from the feel of things, I may have even thought we were under water. I was completely soaked and the sun was starting to go down. The obvious thing to do at this point was to get in line for the bumper cars and make the next poor soul to use my car completely miserable because of the puddle I was sure to leave.
On the way home, my friend and I had to take the bus because we had missed the last train back to Kaifachu. If it was at all possible to squeeze anymore bodies into a vehicle, I would like to see how. There was no sitting or standing room in sight and the guy collecting fare kept trying to put more passengers on. Fortunately the closer we got to home, the more the bus thinned out.
Tuesday, I took the day off from work and hung out with the other UNI students here in China. It was there last day before heading back to the States. While some of them went to Discoveryland, the rest of us hiked up the hill to the weird looking space ship that overlooks all of Kaifachu. There, we had a small picnic with some of the other Chinese students and one of the Polish girls also involved in the same trip/class. We ended the day with a little last minute shopping as they tried to burn up the rest of their yuan. Sooner, rather than later, I’ll be doing the same thing with my money.