Hmm. Felt a bit buggered today. Maybe I overdid the running over the last couple of days.
Today was the big ‘Dinosaur Park’ excursion. My day began, though, with Maddy coming in to my room at about 6.45am to talk to her sisters. She’s been missing them, and it was great to see everybody on the small screen of my iPhone via Facetime.
In many ways it was a perfect day for a visit to a theme park – 25 degrees and sunny. They may actually have some dinosaur fossil exhibits at this Dinosaur Park. One of the information signs implied that they do. The sign also explained that a boffin in the Department of Minerals and Science in this Capitalist Autocracy of China decided that the best way to get people to learn about dinosaurs would be to build an amusement park around the museum.
When Jakob was here the big roller coaster was broken. It’s fixed now, and it is amazing. The kids spent the whole day on rides or consuming food and drink. I don’t believe a genuine fossil was seen, and I’m pretty sure that nobody learnt anything about dinosaurs.
They seemed to have a great time.
I, however, found a quiet corner, sat down with my snack pack and iPad, and read for about 4 hours straight.
This is my top 5 reasons why that was a good decision:
- The queue for the most spectacular ride was about 90 minutes;
- The duration of the most spectacular ride was about 90 seconds;
- Nothing is sadder, or stranger than a middle aged bloke going on rides at a theme park without his family;
- Although I was not dressed like ‘Mini Dino’, whenever I roamed Chinese people kept approaching and asking to have their photo taken with me. I must be displaying a bit of my inner Indiana Jones after a week without a beard trim;
- Most of the rides discouraged people with back or neck problems from participating. After my humiliating ‘thumbs down’ from the Chinese masseur the other day, I wasn’t sure I should risk exacerbating whatever spinal condition I may be suffering from.
Two more sleeps for me, then the long trip home.