Maria in NYC Music Project – Day 15

I can’t believe it’s already been half a month since Maria left.
I can’t believe it’s only been half a month since Maria left.
I can’t believe there’s still a month and a half before she gets back.
I can’t believe how much I miss her.
I can’t believe how tired I am.

We spent the day in Tianjin, an impromptu trip really, taking the new high speed train that travels at 325km/hour and makes the trip in half an hour. We hired a driver for the day, went around to all the major sites, took a lot of photos, and ate some of the famous Tianjin ‘baozi’ or steamed pork buns. It’s actually really close to Beijing, and some people believe that in the next few years the two cities will become one since they’re so close, but in all my life the first time I went was just a few months ago with the IFC to give a concert, this being my second time and first time as a tourist, and it’s even my mother’s first time having lived in Beijing for much of her life as well. It’s architecture is very interesting, as the photos will show whenever I get around to posting them, but since it’s a port city it has a lot of European influences that still remain very prevalent. There’s an entire part of the city that’s Italian in style, and is mostly a tourist trap very much akin to like an “Italian World” one would imagine at Disney Land. Real weird. But, photos to come.

For now, I want to stop typing and take a shower because for the fifth or tenth time this week I got soaked because it started pouring rain in Tianjin just as we were trying to leave.

And wouldn’t you know it, we didn’t have any umbrellas with us.
And wouldn’t you know it, though you can approach the train station complex from below ground and safely out of the rain, the actual entrance to the building REQUIRES you to go out into the open air and walk fifty feet.
And wouldn’t you know it, there’s no interior walk way between the ticketing hall and the actual train tracks.
And wouldn’t you know it, I had perishables in my bag so my jacket, instead of sheltering me from the rain, sheltered my bag.

Today’s song is by Dispatch – Two Coins. Not much to say really, but I really like this song.

I am also, incidentally, thinking about starting a photo project to document all the Cats of China :)


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