I got on the long straight road to the city of Wuwei:
I walked along for a while, feeling sorry for myself, simply because I was so tired – then I suddenly noticed that I wasn’t alone anymore:
17-year-old Qi Yutian 齐宇天 had seen me walk by and decided to march with me for a day:
Today was a hot and lazy Sunday after all… At one point his dad caught up with us on his motorcycle and gave his son some money to take the bus home later.
It was nice to have someone to talk to, and I liked this kid who could talk so eloquently about the history of his hometown.
“I like living here,” he told me, “though I think there are probably some better places in the world than Wuwei, but this is my home – and I’ll always like it best!”
It didn’t seem to take us that long until we got to the city:
Naturally, and even though I was so tired, I got into a picture-taking frenzy:
It felt good being in a city again:
A real city with a large square:
…and a long pedestrian street:
I would be able to treat myself with some decent quality chocolate, yay!
There’s a video of me walking down Wuwei’s equivalent of the Champs-Elysées:
This pic made me particularly happy:
Eventually I checked into a good hotel, dropped off my stuff and took Qi Yutian back a couple of blocks to grab some good old fashioned junk food.
…that’s where another little friend suddenly appeared:
Jia Li 贾丽 is four years old and can already say a couple of useful things in English, like “nice to meet you”, or “french fries”. A bit later her mom came to our table as well.
How nice to have some company…