Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lost my bloggin' mojo somewhere in China

I know, I know. I left you there, hanging on tenterhooks, in India of all places. When I fell off the Blogger/Facebook grid, some worried that I'd taken the bestseller Eat, Pray, Love too seriously and had run off on a real spiritual quest, to an ashram or something.

Hardly. First, the quality of the bedsheets at ashrams is -- and I'm just guessing here -- abysmal. And second, there's the risk that you'd run into someone just as exhausting and as self-absorbed as author Elizabeth Gilbert whilst there, and voilà, holiday ruined.

With traveling companions, better the devil you know...

Pays all the bills
Lots of energy
Funny (ha ha) much of the time
Extremely picky about customer service at hotels
Always has to be holding the map or he gets cranky

than the devil you don't...

Wealthy, famous and published author

Seems like kind of a diva
Prettier than me
Younger than me
More famous than me

Anyway, perhaps I didn't "get" the book enough, but all I could think while reading it was, "I'm glad I wasn't her BFF, listening to all that blubbing". I know. Terrible friend, you can say it.

But I'm upset with China as a country, because I found THIS in the hotel room in Shanghai...

and I didn't even get to blog about it, or post it on Facebook, because guess what? No Facebook or Blogger in China! It was a blow, to be sure. I had a zillion things to say, and I was going to catch up on my blogging once I arrived in Shanghai, and NO DICE! It was especially odd because I was under the mistaken impression that Bibles were illegal in China, but apparently my info is years out of date, because there they were, in every hotel room.

Sadly, I did not steal THIS Bible either, because I was having some serious baggage heft issues, and the zip on my rolling duffel was already terribly strained. I will make Mr D bring one home next time he's in Shanghai. Why? I don't know. It has become a rather strange compulsion, I admit.

[And the world record holder for largest collection of stolen dual-translation Bibles is... expateek!]


English Rider said...

Good to have you back.

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Don said...

Nice to see you've resurfaced, Miss E! But... Elizabeth Gilbert 'prettier than you'? Unless you've had a horribly disfiguring car crash (which hasn't made it to the blog yet), then I don't think so.

SkylersDad said...

Glad to see you back out here! Keep traveling safe...

Lisa Paul said...

At last! I've found someone who thinks "Eat, Pray, Love" was the worst book to hit cult status in 20 years and Elizabeth Gilbert sounds like the whiny person you don't want to sit next to on a long airplane ride. Guess that makes us a club of two.

Madame DeFarge said...

Hurrah to see you back, seems an age. You can always open a museum for dual-language bibles on your return. Have to get something useful from them.

Jim said...

>"I was having some serious baggage heft issues"

When we went out to China in December 2005, our baggage was already overweight as we left UK. We had to get help from the others in our party to 'spread the load'. Our main rule was 'We buy nothing that can't be shipped!'


Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I totally thought all things Christian were illegal in China too. I thought you could only get into Christian churches if you showed a passport. Curious...

Samuel Jeffery said...

It's easy to lose your blogging mojo. This has happened a few times to me as well - most because of burnout.