A few days ago I arrived in Dali, which is a major backpacker hub in South China. It’s a semi-tropical place, about 14 degrees celsius during the daytime, and it’s host to a large number of domestic and international tourists. I first heard about Dali years and years ago but have put off making a trip here for a long time. Most of my apprehension was because I thought it would just be a city of tourists and fake hippies. And actually, there are a lot of those. So I’m laying low, spending time with a few friends I haven’t seen in a while.

Also the most happening bar in Dali happens to be run by an old friend who I haven’t seen in a long time. It was almost 4 years ago, when he was living in Chengdu, that he told me about the Bad Monkey. It’s been open for 5 years and seems to be constantly filled with people.

Today I had an incredible steak breakfast made by a Burmese guy named Mo. Plus this drink which is fresh orange juice and yogurt, can’t recall the name of that one.

In a few days I’ll be on my way to Vietnam. Check my twitter, I’m updating that a lot now.