The discussion threads for the two stories on the Salvador's bombings seem to have shifted towards rumor and speculation about the bomber's identity and intent. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, but I think it's time for a separate thread dedicated to talk of our solidarity and what our response as a community could be. I'll start that now:
I love Salvador's, and I wish I could be there right now with the community that they are at the center of. My heart goes out to them and their worried family members back home. I hope y'all continue with what you've been doing, and that nothing like this ever happens again.
There's another important issue that this brings up. If you're living in Kunming and you have loved ones at home, please take the time to register with your consulates so that they can find you (and your family) in the event of an emergency. Also, give your home contact information to some close friends, so they know what to do if something happens. I've dealt with some unfortunate incidents before, and I can tell everyone from experience that these simple steps can make things easier for everyone.
Having said that, I'm so happy that everyone is okay. If you want to show support for Salvador's, please leave some kind words here. If you want to speculate about the bomber, the media or the illuminati, start another thread. You'll probably see me there too.
There's actually already a law against refusing fares, and a hotline for complaints, but I don't know the number. The problem is lax enforcement.
The problem that gets me is that all the taxis switch drivers in the middle of the evening rush hour. They need to start staggering those times a bit. If they did that, we'd have much fewer stranded drivers
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Excellent Thai food served in a beautiful art deco setting. The bar is also top notch, with great cocktails, whiskys and cigars.
When the weather is good, try to get a table on the rooftop garden, which offers views of the Bird and Flower market.
May be a little pricier than some of the other Thai restaurants in town.
An exciting new gallery space built from an old factory warehouse in the Paoluda Creative Industry Park. Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with it.
A great little place in the middle of a beautiful valley chock full of great climbing spots.
The beds and rooms are very comfortable, though the bathrooms are shared, and of the "eco" variety (a plus as far as I'm concerned).
The owners are very helpful about everything from info on climbing spots to trip planning and getting around the area.
Also, the place is dirt cheap. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I heard they revamped the burgers so I went there for one last night. Had the blue cheese burger. Total mess, cheese and carmelized onions dripping all over the place. It was awesome.