Sunday, September 30, 2007

China: Arrival

We made it safely to China. I woke up at 7:30am on Saturday and didn't get to sleep until about 9:00pm Sunday night. Seems like a long time to be awake. Perhaps that explains why I felt so very, very tired for the whole evening.

The plane ride wasn't too bad. Got a bit bumpy a couple of times, and contrary to what the announcement on the airplane said, we did not get to see either "Superman 3" or "Rise of the Fabulous Four", instead being shown "Spiderman 3" and the second Fantastic Four movie. And here I was really hoping to see "Rise of the Fabulous Four", so I could see what it was about. Although I was somewhat afraid it was going to be a shopping move. That would have been fabulous. Really.

After four movies (also watching Fracture and Ocean's Thirteen instead of the stated Surf's Up!) and much too long in-flight, we landed, missed our exit, and drove around an obstacle course of pedestrians for a couple hours.

I'm so glad I don't have to do any driving here.


Svirp said...

So was the movies issue a Engrish problem, or just a pilot-announced-the-wrong-thing problem?

HilbertAstronaut said...

Road rules are pretty simple: there are none (that people follow strictly), so just drive slowly and watch out. It actually works well enough that some Dutch towns have recently adopted the idea. The point is that you get used to the idea that any random thing could happen at any time, so you attune yourself to watch out for it -- unlike American driving, which is so used to a particular fixed set of rules that anomalies aren't even noticed until they are flattened and behind you on the highway ;-P