Looks like at this point, I can say with utmost certainty that I am being effectively screwed by the Chinese New Year. I found myself in a really nice, quintessential town far, far away from popular tourist traps – a slow paced town with very quaint feel to it, lots of small eateries with homemade food for amazing prices, where absolutely nobody speaks any English and I am the only visible minority (foreigner). Still, in this Chinese community people respect me and nobody stars me down or otherwise makes my presence uncomfortable. But now the Chinese New Year arrived.
It seems like the whole place shut down. Aside from a few eateries and stores selling Chinese New Year goodies, everything’s closed. All banks are closed, post office is closed, library is closed, internet cafes are closed… and with me having a dysfunctional laptop, I’m essentially cut off from the internet.
Yesterday, after I realized what was going on, I pulled a stunt that proved to be foolish. I took a half day long trip to the nearest city, thinking that everything would be buzzing in a metropolitan business zone. Well, while I can’t effectively say it wasn’t, what I can say with complete certainty is that in the whole city, there was not a single hotel room available for rent. It reminded me of my attempt to book a restaurant table for the Valentine’s Day back when I was still wasting my time on relationships. I kept calling one restaurant after another only to be told each time that they had been fully booked for the Valentine’s for months in advance. I guess Chinese New Year is similarly crazy in China and its special economic zones.
All in all, my trip to the city ended up costing me both time and money, forced me to spend the night in a Seven Eleven and when the morning finally arrived, I had to undertake the whole journey back. Chinese New Year is nuts in some parts of Asia.
And from that point on, things just went from bad to worse. Because the trip there and back wasted all of the local currency I had, upon return back to my quintessential town, I was in desperate need to get my backup dollars exchanged, but… it’s Chinese New Year – nothing’s open. Nothing! There is nowhere I can go to get my money exchanged and since I spent all that I had on the trip, I can’t take another one to see if any money changers are open in the city.
The worth thing – everything will remain shut down for the whole duration of this week. Just fucking brilliant. So… thanks again Toshiba for screwing me up like this! And Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone else. I will be involuntarily quiet for a few days.
Vincit Omnia Veritas,