In a restaurant in Taipei one of the five waitresses came forward with English explanations to the Chinese menu, and returned to talk a little after she had placed my order.
"Where are you from?" she asked.
"Then you go back to England?"
England was just a memory. I told her that I hoped to travel on the trains in China.
"China!" She put her hand to her mouth and returned to her friends, laughing at the absurdity.