We left that den of incompetence and found a supermarket up the street about 10 minutes. Yay! After stocking up on water and snacks (if you live in a place with drinkable tap water, thank your lucky stars and FIGHT TO PROTECT IT), we were excited to sleep in a real bed with clean sheets. But first, first we had to handwash all of our clothes. They were all dirty, and there was no way in hell we would (ever) pay the prices charged by these hotels for laundry ($3 per pair of socks? I really don't understand the thinking process that hotels go through to make up their itemized list of bullshit laundry charges. There's no way ANYONE pays it, especially the people who would actually need to do laundry (backpackers) during a short hotel stay, so why not come up with something more sensible that people would actually pay for? It's so frustrating and ridiculously stupid!) and after Kashgar we would enter Kyrgyzstan for another week in yurt camps (I know, gird your loins) where we REALLY couldn't do laundry (or shower), so we really had to now. I wish I could have seen the look on the cleaning lady's face the next day when she saw wet clothes covering every inch of the room and hanging over an entire wall of windows.
This was our last stop in China this go-round if you can believe it! The six weeks are up! Next stop on the Silk Road tour - Kyrgyzstan!