23.12.2008 - 23.12.2008 11 °C
We were packed and ready to go by 1:30, but we had to wait for the apartment owner to come in to town to get our deposit and finalized all the logistics of the apartment. We had planned on leaving for Guangzhou at 2 but didn't leave Zhuhai until 6. Her flight was delayed so we waited... and waited... until she finally arrived. When she arrived she wanted to take us for a meal to say good bye. So we went back to the Jack and Magic Pea, we had been there earlier in the day for lunch and had said good bye to the girls who gave us a ceramic mug and card with long held hug. It was a long sad farewell to a city I called home. I really enjoyed my time in this little city. It has so much to offer, from the weather to the location. The people where wonderful and the apartment first rate. We said good bye to everyone and then jumped in to a van for a two hour ride to Guangzhou.
Dean spoke chinese the ENTIRE time in the van. The driver, who sat patiently since 2pm for us in Zhuhai, talked right along with him until we arrived in Guangzhou. She was telling us about her Taiwanese boyfriend, cars and of course China. I sat in the back trying to recognize words and phrases that I had learned in school. Somehow I was able to follow along but at times just drifted off thinking about all the friends and fun we had had in Zhuhai. I didn't think I was attached but I could feel a little pull of sadness as we left. Everybody was feeling it, even Li the driver who had taken us back and forth to the gym was having a difficult time with our departure. He couldn't figure out if we were going for good or if he needed to be prepared for a call from us for a ride back home. He was always available when we needed him, to be picked up and brought back to our pad.
It had turned cold in Zhuhai today, the wind picked up and it felt a little bit like winter. It set the tone for the rest of the trip north.
Just a few days before Christmas...