Jun 132010

My lazy evening caused by early departure tomorrow got spoiled by a fire alarm in the hotel. Something like this never happened to me before so I grabbed my computer and mobile and wanted to proceed downstairs. Then I thought for a moment, traveling out tomorrow would require some basics, so I quickly packed my bag, put wallet, passport and a few more essentials in it… Suddenly realizing that I am in the 11th floor and better should proceed downstairs. So I picked my jumper and got to the stairs. When I reached floor 5 I ran into some elderly ladies and a families with two young children in their sleeping suits, they didn’t seem to understand what just happened. Then the announcement changed and we got informed that it was a false alarm. After confirmation I turned around and walked back upstairs. Not sure if I behaved correctly what are essentials to get when getting downstairs? Theoretically only life matters and the rest is replaceable, but not being able to identify myself or to not to have a credit card to cover my expenses. Also loosing data and work effort scares me.

I am glad that everything went fine and nothing really happened. I wonder if I should reconsider my room preferences. From top floor it’s a long way down…

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Mar 292010

The most amazing souvenir from China is my travel tea set. It allows me to cook tea in hotel rooms without having loads of tools and ingredients with me – in a small bag I have all what I need: 6 cups, a water cup, a tea cup and its lid. Just now I cooked some water, let it cool down a bit, washed the tea,
enjoyed the aroma, let it soak a bit and just had my first sip of the fresh brewed tea.

I have no idea what I am drinking, I suppose it is roibush tea
I got from Jimmy’s family. These – only Chinese labeled – tea bags are handy and small; they just contain loose leaves. It is far better that the instant teas and coffees offered by most of the hotels. Even when I like traveling a lot and take advantage out of the ease and
comfort of a full serviced hotel room I still need some few rituals and
items which make it less anonymous and less stereotype.

I bought a few weeks ago a travel water cooker too, after I decided never to touch one offered by a hotel again. These for mostly two reasons: internet guides how to cook / wash / do whatever using a water cooker and because I had one with a maintenance label (good!) which was dated to March 2008 (eew!).

So that’s 2 more items for my travel essentials for a trip taking longer than 3 days.

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