こんばんは。 How’s it going?

Today was a bittersweet day for me because it is our last full day on the ship, which has been an absolute blast. The reason it has been so wonderful is that I have enjoyed spending time with the crew and getting into a daily routine.

For instance, we wake up and head to Taichi for half an hour, then to breakfast, and then enjoy the planned excursions. In between the scheduled activities, I enjoy hanging out on the sundeck editing photos, or running in the gym, or having a drink in the bar. And because we see the same crew, we have plenty of opportunities to chat and joke around with them. It’s so much fun!

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But knowing that it’s our last day makes it bittersweet and a bit sad. 😢

Today’s morning excursion was a walk into the port city of Wuhan. There’s a popular shopping area that our tour leader brought us to, and then we split up to explore the area on our own.

"Tour Guide on Bike" Wuhan, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO200
“Tour Guide on Bike” Wuhan, 2018

But before we separated, I saw a haircut place which was only 10 yuan, so a spur of the moment decision had me sitting down for a quick trim. It was fun, and I can now say that I got my haircut in China!

"Fast Cut" Wuhan, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Fast Cut” Wuhan, 2018
"Barber" Wuhan, 2018
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“Barber” Wuhan, 2018

After that, I walked out of the modern shopping district and wandered around the local area, where I explored narrow alleys, a small sewing/tailoring street, and an indoor meat market. It was pretty cool! I kind of got into the groove of asking locals if I could take their photos, and everyone I asked was willing and happy. That was so fun!

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The afternoon excursion was to the Hubei Provincial Museum to view a set of ancient bells that were found in a tomb and then listen to a performance on a copy of the bells at the museum’s music hall. The bells were pretty cool, but I enjoyed the accompanying traditional Chinese flute and Guzheng zither even more.

"Bell Performance" Wuhan, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Bell Performance” Wuhan, 2018

For tonight’s meal in Wuhan, we had an extra-special treat because my brothers, mother, and I were invited to dinner in town by the ship’s Program Director. We ate at a hotpot restaurant, which was such a great experience. The hotpot itself was divided into two sections so we could have a mild broth on one side, and then a spicy broth on the other, and when asked what level of spiciness I wanted, I went for the maximum!

"Hot Pot Dinner" Wuhan, 2018
“Hot Pot Dinner” Wuhan, 2018

Both Angie (the Program Director) and I love spicy food, but the rest of the group doesn’t eat it so much, so they suffered a bit when eating from that side of the pot. But for this special opportunity, I would have a HUGE regret if I didn’t go for the maximum spiciness. I have to say that it was indeed fiery, but not unbearable for myself, so I was really happy. 🔥🌶🤪 Anyways, we had plenty of cold beer to help us with the spicy food. 🍺

"Super Spicy vs. Mild" Wuhan, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“Super Spicy vs. Mild” Wuhan, 2018
"Hot Pot Goodies" Wuhan, 2018
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“Hot Pot Goodies” Wuhan, 2018
"Hot Pot" Wuhan, 2018
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“Hot Pot” Wuhan, 2018

So now it’s time for rest, and as I mentioned before, I am filled with a bittersweet feeling because we are leaving the ship tomorrow… but the journey will continue for a couple more days in the city of Shanghai. Onwards!

またね~

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