3602Salvador's Coffee House#http://www.gokunming.com/en/listings/item/sal_1/salvadors_coffee_house# in Kunming has captivated the interest of Chinese netizens and is making the rounds on popular Chinese micro-blogging services.
"I, like, got here in the first place by showing my copy of Lonely Planet to a cab driver," Ron Moic, 19, told GoKunming yesterday. "Then I went to the bathroom and somebody, like, swiped the book off the table. I don't remember what hotel I'm staying in and my passport and everything are back there. I miss Thailand."
Moic has been traveling since August of last year, after deferring admission at community college in his home state of Minnesota, his stated goal being to "broaden my horizons." He arrived in Kunming on Monday on a bus from northern Laos. He was drawn to extend his travels to China because he was interested in learning feng shui and rebalancing his qi.
But things went horribly wrong for Moic on his first day here, when he lost his Lonely Planet guidebook. Without his passport he has been unable to check into a different hotel and can't recall the name or general location of his original hotel.
"It's a hostel," said Moic. "I thought it was called The Bump or The Lump, but those names don't ring any bells with any of the Chinese people I've talked to. I tried asking some of those foreign guys by the outside bar for help, but they weren't very friendly. Douchebags."
Fortunately for Moic, the Salvador's staff has allowed him to sleep in a small second-floor area used for storage of cleaning supplies while he waits for a replacement passport from the US Consulate in Chengdu, capital of neighboring Sichuan province. Meanwhile he is hanging out at the cafe and discovering traditional Yunnan delicacies such as barbecue goat cheese sandwiches.
A waitress at the cafe who gave her name as Wu Ming offered her own assessment of Moic's predicament: "Foreigners are sometimes very strange," she said. "And this one is beginning to get very smelly."© Copyright 2005-2020 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.