Posted by Albert on July 29, 2010 under On The Road | 10 Comments to Read

The first surprise of the trip happened yesterday before we even got out of Guangzhou. Our boarding cards mysteriously directed us to business class for the 5 hour flight. We’re still not sure what happened (we didn’t want to ask any questions!) but it was fun to look down on the economy class for the first time in our lives.

Urumqi is different from any other city we’ve visited in China. A lot of people here look Eastern European and radio music has traces of Russian and Arabic influence. Road signs are in Chinese characters and Arabic script.

After checking in to a very nice hostel, we went to a little coffee shop where a boy named June who worked there spontaneously and unexpectedly wrote us a poem then read it to us over the shop’s loudspeakers. The text of his poem appears (as he wrote it) below the video.

We also met a very kind woman named Dr. Yang and her son at a little noodle shop. She told us her incredible tales of her long history of consulting fortune tellers and she thinks she may be able to help us find one today. We’re well on our way toward accomplishing:

Challenge 1: Find a fortune teller and get your fortune told.

Poem by June (许晓龙) in Cite Coffee, Urumqi

Time goes by, the good friend ship has gone,
The sky is blue.
There are many happiness in Cite Coffee,
This is my sweet valentine,
Say that you love me, don’t go away,
When you feeling empty you should drink…latte coffee.
It’s like dancing or a beautiful girl,
A summer’s day we are meeting here is very difficult,
So love is thanks giving.

10 Comments on “Arrived”

  • Marie said,

    Haha! Wow, can’t wait to hear what happens next!

    Jul 29, 2010

  • Lin Mingmei said,

    A very good beginning of the great trip!

    Jul 29, 2010

  • keith said,

    sounds good so far!! go for 1st next air trip? take care and have fun.

    Jul 29, 2010

  • Louise said,

    The “little coffee shop” looks very fancy with all the pretty blue lights and a piano! I love the videos! June’s English is very good!

    Jul 29, 2010

  • Dr. Henry Garrett said,

    So after all, “Lord Winter” was an appropriate name for Adrian!
    Good luck fellas!
    Henry and Aga

    Jul 30, 2010

  • Edward said,

    Nice jazz piano. Is American jazz common in Urumqi?

    Jul 30, 2010

  • Jeannie said,

    Lucky you and good start!!

    Jul 30, 2010

  • Kat said,

    How bizarre. I just had my Tarot cards read this weekend. I don’t think she was Chinese, however.

    Congrats on your first task. May your travels be safe and your adventures be unforgettable!

    Jul 31, 2010

  • Kat said,

    I think Starbucks should go for the nightclub theme. I might go there more often if they did.

    Jul 31, 2010

  • Josh said,

    Interesting start!很有意思!Have fun!

    Jul 31, 2010

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