i need to sleep, but the day in a nutshell: i took the shuttle to kangding airport, where i had a 10:30 flight back to chongqing. fx inn wouldn't give me the room i reserved because they wouldn't accept my taiwanese passport since they're not an official foreigners accepted hotel (which are usually more expensive); apparently there's been some crackdowns this week. that meant i had no choice but to return to changshou. in the meantime, i hung out with an israeli guy visiting his daughter in chengdu-kangding. he had a few hours to kill, i offered to show him chongqing center (jiefangbei). he ended up treating me to hot pot (RMB$145).
after he left, i went to go retrieve my backpack and headed to hongqiaohegou station as the day fast approached the start of rush hour congestion on the subways. i caught a 4:30 bus but didn't get back in changshou until almost 6:00 due to traffic. on a whim i called fy to ask if she wanted to grab some dinner; she said she was moving today and was treating the movers to dinner. tired, i fell asleep on the bus, suddenly jerking awake a few times. for me, changshou is the cheapest option, much less expensive than staying at a hotel.
once we arrived in new changshou, the driver wouldn't let me get out my backpack from storage until we arrived at the main station in old changshou, and he never made it inside the station, just let everyone out on the street corner. i grabbed a motorcycle back to my place, paid RMB$8 which is a total ripoff because a taxi ride (which is much safer) would've cost just RMB$6. after dropping off my things, i went to the supermarket to get a few things (eggs, kleenex, small tissue packets), but not before bumping in zhangkai who at first didn't recognize me since i was wearing civilian clothes. originally i was just going to have ramen for dinner, but i made myself some jiuniang-tangyuan again.