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Friday, June 30, 2006 

We're here!!!!

It's 10:30 pm on Friday and we are safely ensconced at the Zhongya Hotel right next to the Shanghai train station. It’s just a place to crash for the night, we will take the train to Nanjing early tomorrow morning. I’m not sure what time the train actually leaves but we are supposed to meet our guide (Evita) in the lobby at 7:30 ready to go.

Flights were thankfully uneventful. Got where we needed to be when we needed to be there and no delays. Surprisingly I couldn’t sleep, maybe an hour overall. Jeff did get quite a bit of snooze time in which is good. Took 2 hours to get through immigration though, ugh!!! Poor Evita thought she had somehow missed us.

The drive to the hotel was..um….interesting. No matter how often you hear about the driving in China, you can’t believe it until you are in the middle of it. You have to remember we are from Jersey, land of psycho drivers. HA! Rush hour on the Parkway is like a pleasure ride on a country lane compared to this. We were oddly fascinated though and even a bit impressed. Traffic would move much better at home if we drove like this. I can’t figure out what the rules of the road are, but somehow four cars can battle over one lane and no one hits anyone. Very little honking, no sign language and traffic just zips along.

Anyway, it was around 8pm when we finally got into our room. I promptly fell asleep. Had granola bars for dinner, just too pooped to try to figure out how to find a place to eat.

Will try to check in tomorrow!!

Holly & Jeff

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