Saturday, September 22, 2012

Living like kings

On the bike, we really enjoy sampling a little of the local life of the towns and villages we pass through. We eat at the budget noodle place, buy snacks in dingy village stores, and sit in dirty town squares with the old men playing mahjong.

But come evening, after a long, dirty day riding, we have no qualms about taking advantage of our privileged economic position, and we check into the nicest hotel in town and seek out an expensive looking restaurant. The fact that many staff are so excited to serve Westerners, and that we often have several of them tripping over each other to help us, only adds to the sense of celebrity.

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