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... so most of us spent today
inside unless it was to go out and buy a pollution mask. This worked out in my
favour though because I was super tired and needed to work on my assignments
and teaching practice lessons.
I did venture out though to the closest mall to buy a face
mask and some motivational snacks haha on the way I saw four beautiful golden
retrievers rolling around in a patch of grass which reminded me of home and
made me feel good. ...
... on the history of the wall- it's main aim was to keep the Mongol Hoards out, but as we know that didn't really work out for the Chinese. Genghis Khan found the holes and weak spots, no bricks or mortar could get in his way! So here we are on The Wall! Can you believe it? Big tick off the '100 things to do before you peg it' list. The part we visited is called Mùtiányù, 90km northeast out of Beijing and unlike the honeypot Bādáling ...
... land, with decaying houses and neglected fields, spotted with unused dirty streams and vegetation. This was really sad and eerie, but understandable as the Chinese government has made it nigh impossible to earn a living from the land anymore. The elders try and glean a living from it, but the youngsters have fled to the city. The produce was corn, cherries, apples, chestnuts, peaches, walnuts, grapes. Interestingly we saw no livestock (I know, they probably eat ...
... to be a poor barrier to the cold. Three stores later, we were back out on the street with a new plan to find the Alien Street Market, a market in the Russian district where cheap clothes abound.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a day in Beijing without someone trying to con the lost-looking lao wai. As we headed to the subway, a young, nice looking Chinese woman immediately struck up a conversation with, of course, Chris.
... up on you. But I mean I had been doing my training diligently and if it were any other marathon in the whole world I think I would be a lot more confident…it’s just ALL THOSE STAIRS! OVER 5,000 ACTUALLY! But I knew I had to go and after a quick stop off at 443 to start their "movie day for being a great class!"/letting Ms. A escape to her 4pm train J I was off to Beijing!!...
So OF COURSE I was a little stressed, as always, getting to the train ...