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Better prepared…

Posted in China, Zhalai Nuoer by folkestonejack on February 21, 2009

The scout motto is ‘be prepared’ and it was something I repeated often enough as a kid. I guess it must have got lodged in my head as I am often ridiculously over-prepared (to the great amusement of my friends) but I got completely caught out yesterday.

On my first full day in Zhalai Nuoer I completely underestimated the environment I was heading into and the cumulative effect of the cold seeping in through my layers. Today I took no such chances and dressed for the cold – thermal socks, two pairs of trousers, t-shirt, sweatshirt, jumper, coat, scarf, thermal gloves and a balaclava.

Another sunrise, another frozen pond and yet another strange combination – a diesel hauled freight with a steam locomotive at the tail. A little consternation. However, luck was on our side today and before the glow of the sun diminished we got our steam propelled freight train.

Steam at sunrise

Steam at sunrise

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