Which were quite uneventful. After a 13 hour flight and a string of sleepless nights leading up to this Glossy Getaway I was pretty exhausted upon landing. But I mustered up enough energy to explore some of the city in what little time I had.
This was also my first experience staying at a hostel. It served its purpose but I am definitely NOT the hostel type. The CU Hotel was a fine place to store my stuff, take a shower and sleep for a few hours, however, sharing a room with 2 strangers was, well, slightly strange. Really I can’t do too much complaining, as soon as I checked in I ventured back out to the Ningxia Night Market just a few steps away from my home for the night.
To my surprise there were a good amount of people out at 12pm on a Monday night. Street vendors sold all kinds of interesting looking fare and with the exception of one delectable chocolate macaron I tried none of it. Just no appetite for food at that moment.
Young and old whizzed through narrow streets on scooters, going who knows where. I snapped photos and resisted the temptation to venture through the maze of intriguing alleyways. After about 1 1/2 hours of exploration I called it a night.
It’s premature of me to form any type of informed opinion about this city. I will say the condensed design and ruinish looking architecture are not the most pleasing to my eyes . And during this morning’s bus ride back to the airport I found myself asking where is the beauty in this land? Only a few moments later the rising sun softly brightened the sky and a range of majestically carved mountains were revealed to me.
Leave it to Mother Nature to paint the perfect picture amongst man’s madness.
With that said, I’m ready to be in Bali now.
Love, The Glossy Queen