Right now I'm sitting in a cafe on the delightful street of Taiping, one of the oldest streets in Changsha. I can hear guitars strumming from all corners and some of the store fronts on this street are decked out in Rastafarian flags; not your common Chinese establishment. Even if you have never been to the Middle Country you probably already know this. You probably think that this Republic is filled with ultra-modern shopping malls and airports, mixed with lots of backyards back alleys. For the most part, you're right. Keep reading this blog and I promise when I discover any part of China that don't fit this stereotype, I'll be sure to post.
Don't get me wrong though, I've met some lovely locals so far. They all wish me good travels and some even give me donuts. I've gotten 2 chocolate donuts, a can of Coke and a lollipop so far. Seriously...who's counting?!?! Eating the donuts made me break my Lenten fast of no chocolate. But I figure if Jesus were in China today, he'd say thank you and eat the donuts too.