Eden and I took a risk; we bought train tickets to Chengdu during the October holiday. Yes, we are warriors!
October 1st, the Chinese National Day, is one of the busiest holidays in China outside of Spring Festival. It is a time when plane tickets skyrocket, trains are booked solid, famous sites are overcrowded, and in general, travel can be a hassle. Many locals joke about watching news coverage about the crowds as their form of holiday entertainment! (Word of advice- don’t ever plan a trip to China at the beginning of October).
But despite the stipulations, Eden and I were determined to travel together and take advantage of the time away from school! So we boarded a train heading south to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, a 24-hour journey!
We avoided the crowds by rising early in the morning with fresh spirits and then we fought the crowds with too much joy to be frustrated. We walked all over the city; I as the navigator and Eden as the socializer. We ate spicy food, tasted local cuisine, and snacked everywhere. We know how to eat. :)
But most importantly, we talked endlessly on those 24-hour train rides. We laughed, walking arm in arm, down the Chengdu alleys. We wrote postcards to the people we love. We met new friends at the hostel, on the train, and everywhere in between. We cried over realities of life and hugged because the Lord always prevails!
Chengdu was a respite from Guyuan life, but even more so, a friendship retreat!
A stroll through the countryside; time to enjoy the legendary Sichuan way of relaxing…