we took a taxi from haiyo hotel to chengdu's xinnanmen bus station around 7:00 this morning (RMB$11). it felt like it'd be an auspicious day, this being the 8th month on the 8th day leaving at 8:00. all was well until 1:00 when our bus pulled to the side of the road. originally we thought it was just a routine rest break but turned out there was a rock slide up ahead and all traffic was at a standstill. what we thought to be a minor inconvenience that would take a moment to clear up became hours. early afternoon became late afternoon then early evening then late evening and finally we were told that due to the rain and night conditions, the road was just too dangerous for travel and we'd have to wait until the next morning at the earliest.
so we ended up spending the night sleeping on the bus. i was already pretty exhausted. tired from waiting, hungry, and beginning to regret inviting SM onto this trip, since earlier this morning she was all in tears because i accidentally texted XL.