Day 1 – Singapore / 成都 (Cheng Du)
It’s the beginning of a new journey. A journey that will create history in SUTD. We are embarking on Phase I of our unnamed and unclimbed mountain expedition. I am extremely excited and am looking forward to the challenges we will face in the next 9 months.
Our flight to Chengdu was at 0200 hours and our estimated time of arrival was 0630 hours at Chengdu. It was a strange time for a flight for me as it seemed liked it was neither here nor there. I could not fall asleep on the plane. Upon touchdown, I was really tired!
We checked into a backpackers lodge and met our trustworthy guide Edwin. We had breakfast and then had some free time till 1130 hours. Some of us went for a walk, while others took a nap. I took a nap as I was really tired.
The reception of our lodge
We met at 1130 hours and I was really rejuvenated from the nap. We ate at a noodle stall nearby. The prices were really cheap! A big bowl of noodles costs only 10 yuan. To add on to that, it was really delicious.
Cheap and delicious chicken noodles!
We then made our way to a huge sports shop that sold mountaineering and trekking related equipment. Once again, I got a shock at the prices. It made me regret buying gear back in Singapore! Well, at least now we know. We spent a great deal of time doing some last minute shopping for our training in the mountains. Temperatures are expected to dip to -13 degrees Celsius and below so we have to be prepared! The next thing we did was to get our China SIM cards to remain contactable.
Karen wearing a cute hat
Yi Qian wearing a cute hat (really?)
For dinner, we had delicious noodles at a different stall, some roadside pancakes, and some bubble tea. After dinner, we went back to the hotel for some rest. Edwin gave us a briefing for tomorrow and set our expectations for this trip. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride tomorrow!