Sunday, March 29: On weekends when I’m stuck in Nanning, I search desperately for something, anything, to do. This town doesn’t have much of cultural or historical interest. It really doesn’t offer much at all, other than shopping or dining, and even that isn’t great. So today, as I’ve had it on my list of things to see in Nanning, I go out to the Guangxi Science and Technology Museum. Several people told me it was worth seeing. After visiting, I can say without a doubt that unless you are taking children along, this is not a place an adult will find of much interest.
The museum looks impressive from the outside, with its big ball jutting out from the facade.
Just inside the entrance is pretty impressive as well, with its glass ceiling and an oversized robot.
After that, there are several floors with interactive areas where mostly kids are running around playing, screaming and acting like, well, children. It’s really just an oversized fancy playground for children. A children’s museum, basically. No one bothered to tell me this, so I really feel out-of-place as most people here are parents with their children, or teenage star-crossed lovers hanging out together.
As most of you may know, I’m not a lover of small children. I always loved my own children, of course, but other people’s children I’m not terribly fond of. I have little tolerance or patience for them, and probably was never meant to be a mother. Some of us have that motherhood gene, and some of us just don’t.
So, after making the rounds, I escape the noise and screaming and go back outdoors, where I take some parting shots.
It’s been a month since my big winter holiday of travels through China and Myanmar, and I’ve been back to work for three weeks. I’m okay during the work week, but when the weekend comes I get itchy feet to go explore someplace new. I think I need to go further afield because Nanning just doesn’t have much of interest.
During the week, I taught my classes, watched a lot of episodes of Scandal, had several lunches with colleagues, watched The Wolf of Wall Street, went to the theater to watch Kingsman Secret Service, and wrote a number of blog posts about my travels with Alex in Yunnan. Oh, how I’m ready to travel again!