So today I ventured out to try my hand at Dragon Boat Racing! It is really just a huge canoe shaped like a dragon but quite a popular sport in China.
A friend and I left at 7:15 am in a taxi toward Puxi. Upon arrival we got out and waited and watched for crazy people carrying paddles. This indicated that we were in the right spot. We went into Baker and Spice to wait since we were a bit early. It wasn’t too long before some crazy looking people came in carrying paddles. We were to meet a bus, which would then transport us to the Shanghai Water Sports Center in Qingpu. Facilities here are world class they say. World Class Sports Center. Sounds pretty impressive, right?
About 40 minutes later and a bus full of amateur paddlers, with the exception of a world champion kayaker from Canada, we got off the bus and headed toward the bathroom before we went to stretch and go to the water.
The first sign of something not being quite right was the sign, which read TOLIET, not toilet. As I entered with caution I noticed there were stalls on both sides. On the left side I noticed were only holes in the ground, but on the right I noticed were actual stools. Considering myself an educated person, I went right.
Well, it only got worse after that! Right wasn’t necessarily the RIGHT choice! Upon doing “my business” I noticed my leg was getting wet. Surely I was not missing the stool!!!!!! I started looking around and noticed some “liquid” was shooting out of the stool! OOOHHHHHH GROSS!!!! I let out a loud OMG and came barreling out of the stall. It was so nasty!!! I immediately put my leg and foot into the sink and started scrubbing! I asked the girl who had been in there just before me, if something was spraying on her too and she said, “Yes, but you just have to get used to that sort of thing, you’re in China.”
NO, I WILL NOT GET USED TO LIQUID OF SOME SORT SPRAYING ON MY LEG IN THE BATHROOM STALL!”
After scrubbing my leg raw, I went outside and waited for my friend to come out of the bathroom. I was kind and warned a fellow “newbie dragon boat racer” NOT to go to the stall on the far right or she would be in for quite a lovely surprise!
And the moral of the story: Go before you leave home!!!