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... the overnight train 'Z19' to Xi'an, even allowing for the security scan at the entrance. The station is the most enormous building yet, with dozens of trains signalled every hour. Our soft sleeper compartment is quite luxurious with white cotton bedding and large quilts. The washrooms are clean, boiling water is available for tea making, and there is even a sit-down toilet. We eventually fall asleep as the countryside slips ...
... WAITING. It was really a "who is faster" game. Even if you were standing right front of the door, about one foot from it, someone would find a way to push you and take your already spotted place. Like with me today, I have been robbed. A woman, coming out of nowhere, stole my toilet which I was about to enter. I could not believe it. And the worst, the one thing I will never forget is how ...
... through twenty-two watch towers on our hike. parts of the wall were completely without restoration, leaving us scrambling, at times on hands and knees, from one spot to another. It was grueling at times. The steps were tall and narrow, not to mention numerous. The first few sets were nothing, but after a while we were all breathing a little more raggedly. It was chilly, but I remember thinking how hot and sweaty I was. I enjoyed talking with the ...
Today was jam packed with the Forbidden City, lunch in the Hutong (old Beijing neighborhood), visiting a tea house, and taking in an acrobatic show.
My feet couldn't make it another full day with so much walking.....so Hilda and Amity went the Forbidden City while I hung out with our bus driver and did some "people watching" on the streets.
After the Forbidden City it was off ...
... So we treated ourselves to a foot massage and pedicure, something I never dared to do in Los Angeles.
We then rushed back home to our friend Annie's housewarming party, during which I met a new friend from the Philippines, drank copious amount of some gin concoction, danced a little, laughed a lot and talked profoundly with my new friend. This day of friendship was what living here was all about and it was a perfect Beijing day and night.