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“Where are we?” Solbit demanded. “Let me out of here!” She wanted out of Nona’s purse. Nona took her out and showed her where we are now. “This is different. This isn’t Shanghai.”
Nona said, “No, we aren’t in Shanghai any longer, Solbit. We’re in Guilin, now.” Solbit asked, “Oh, yeah, I was just starting to get used to being in China and now you’ve moved us to another country?” Nona said, “No, Solbit, we’re still in China. We just moved to another part of China called Guilin. Guilin has lakes and very old worn down mountains. A lot of us tourists come here to see the lakes, the old city, the knobby mountains, and the terraced rice paddies.”
Solbit asked, “So, how did we get here? I haven’t been out of your purse for a long time, and I haven’t seen what’s been happening.” Papa explained, “We took a train from Shanghai. It took us more than 19 hours to reach Guilin, even though the train was pretty fast.”
Solbit said, “Oh, no, you had to sit up in uncomfortable train seats for 19 hours? I was very comfortable all that time nestled in Nona’s purse pocket.” Papa said, “Actually, we did not sit up all that time. We had a sleeper car. You know what Ainsley and Camden’s bunk beds look like?” Solbit shook her head, yes, and said, “You talk about Ainsley and Camden all the time. Ainsley has beautiful art on the top bunk, and Camden’s bunk looks like a pirate ship, right?” Papa went on, “Right. Well, that’s what Nona and I had on the train, bunk beds— without the art and without the pirate theme. So we slept during the night in what’s called a ‘sleeper car.’”
Solbit was worried though. She said, “But you guys eat food. Didn’t you get hungry?” Papa told her, “No, we planned how we would eat. We did what the other Chinese travelers do. Before we got on the train, we got a big container of dried seafood noodle soup. Then, when we wanted supper, I took it to another train car to what’s called a “scalding water” source. I took the top of the container part way off, put in scalding water, closed the top, walked VERY, VERY carefully back to our sleeping compartment, and we ate our hot seafood soup. Then we went to sleep.”
“Where are we going to stay now that we’re in Guilin?” asked Solbit. “Want to see your new room?” Nona asked. “Yes, please!” Solbit urged them on to the room of their new hotel. When they got into their room, a surprise was waiting for Solbit. “Look!” Solbit exclaimed, “I have a new companion!”
Satisfied with our new room and her new companion, Solbit simply said, “OK, you said we’re at the lake, so take me out to see the lake, now, please.” We did,
and, as we walked around the lake, Solbit and Papa sat down to chat with a Chinese frog. Yes, a frog. Here’s a picture to prove it.
Nona and Papa
*You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
*You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”