Day 1: The Perilous Embarkment
Math question. What do you get when you add a two and a half hour plane ride, a six hour bus ride, and a five thirty am meeting time? Grumpy. I'm just kidding. Despite this, not only did we have an incredibly energetic day, filled with new experiences and a multitude of laughs, I—for the first time—laid eyes on the majesty of legendary constellation Orion's Belt standing next to friend and fellow Microcamper Orion, ate traditional Yunnan cuisine (loved it), and connected with my group members in a way I had never before. It was an exhausting day for sure, but we pulled through and encouraged one another and filled it with joy and comraderie.
Firstly, we arrived at the airport with our families painfully early in the morning. Said our goodbyes and checked in our suitcases (2 kilos overweight to my absolute horror), and ate a hearty Chinese breakfast. The plane ride was rather pleasant—squeezed in some reading and sleep!—and sat next to Narelle and Jamie. Upon arriving in Kunming, we split up into two groups, the food and the baggage. I, naturally, chose to be a member of the food group and bought KFC for my partner, Lauren. We then boarded the bus and left for Xizhou! The bus ride was rather uneventful, listened to some music and got a little more sleep, and chatted amicably with everyone around me. When we finally got to Xizhou we were greeted with a hot, delicious dinner and a stargazing-filled terrace time.
Super fun first day with hopefully many more to come!