Irina and Evgeny rented a “mommy room” at the train station so Sophie could take a nap. We stayed down in the waiting room and Jamie decided she needed to use the ladies’ room.
She came back about 30 seconds later.
“That was fast.”
“The toilet is a hole in the floor.”
I just laughed and said, “Welcome to Asia.”
A hour or so passed. I was getting bored and began looking around at the various characters gathered in the waiting room.
“Hey, look over there” I said quietly, “I think those teenage girls are staring at you.”
“I think they’re laughing at me,” she said glumly. “They were in the ladies’ room and saw that I wouldn’t use the hole in the floor.”
Ssssh. Listen closely and I think you’ll be able to hear the soft, siren call of the Marriott Beijing. Can you hear it? It’s saying, “Jaaaaaamie. Come to me, Jaaaaaamie.”