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Posted: 14 Jan 2011
Our first petrol station is a curious insight into road trips in the People's Republic. A huge vaulted auditorium, clean enough for open-heart surgery. Outside, two men in grey-blue overalls are fastidiously scrubbing the shop's awning with a sopping brush on a long metal pole. Inside, in spite of the scale, the place is practically empty, with sparsely stocked but meticulously ordered shelves at its centre. Up for grabs is water, local or European. Crisps: Italian Meat Flavour, American Classic, various riffs on chicken. Twenty-packs of toilet roll. Vacuum-packed almonds. Sponge fingers. Glass cleaner.
The toilets next door are a series of slippery holes in the ground. Mouth-breathing only. Go back to the auditorium, and buy some bog roll.