Today Will needed to go to the Vietnam Embassy, so Tessa and I went to the Horti Expo Garden. The cab ride was another adventure. For a long time we were stuck in traffic, but it seemed to make the cabbie very, very angry. She just kept yelling and honking until traffic started to move again. I do not think it was because of her yelling. I think the light just changed to green.
The Horti Expo Garden had a very nice entry way and ticket taker. When you are buying your ticket you can see some tour trolleys, a snack bar and a giant clock on the side small hill. It turns out that is about all there is to see. Mostly is a deserted group of exhibit halls and "national gardens." Some of the exhibit halls are crumbling. One even has grass growing out of the wall. The China Hall was in pretty good shape, but just had some furniture samples on display. The Thailand garden area had a sign that said "Crocodiles," but that just turned out to be an empty stinky room. After wandering in the rain, all the while watching out for escaped crocodiles, we decided to head to the "Expo National Styles Food Area." By that time our expectations were very low. We finally found the abandoned building where the food area used to be and decided it was time to head to the exit and find some lunch. If you need a set for a low budget, post apocalyptic disaster movie, I can recommend the Horti Expo Garden.
Once we had found the exit Tessa and I found a restaurant. It turned out to be the kind where you point to the items in the glass door fridge. At that point we really missed Will, but we pointed to some veggies and some meat, got a great lunch (some kind of grilled ribs, spinach with garlic and a soupy green leafy thing), and headed back to the hotel. The traffic on the way back was much better. Will had just finished the first part of his efforts at getting his Visa so now we are all back in the room and planning our next outing in Kunming.