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... do for my grandfather, but I can still do something for myself and I hope by doing so that it honors their memories at the same time.
Fortunately for me, I have Renee to help me get through the tougher moments when all I want to do is pack up and run. Fortunately for me it is Friday and Renee will be here soon to make it all seem better.
R.I.P. Joseph (Poppy Joe) Miller
... past the "no trespassing" sign SHHH! But trespassing was SSOOOO worth it! I really can not believe this day, it was a dream. We then basically sprinted down the wall in order to make it to toboggan down! And let me tell you, the great wall is not an easy hike! The steps become super close and then out of no where super steep! Oh and we left our mark by writing all our names with a white rock on the wall :) So we made it down on time to toboggan down and that was the ...
... telly! We got ushered to a seating area upstairs and ordered a round of shots to get us started. When we looked at the prices though, it quickly became apparent that this area was going to be a no-go for a group of people on backpacker budgets! It was comfortably as expensive as at home and some of the imported beers were £7/pint! It seemed completely out of sync with the rest of the city, despite the fact that all the bars were full of Chinese, ...
One thing that I have learned in the few days since I arrived in China is that everything here is WAY different than in the US, even if it looks sort of similar on the surface. For most places that I have been things are different than in the US, but if you sit back and watch what everyone else is doing you can get a general idea about how you should behave or what you are supposed to do. In China this is definitely not the case. Our first experience with ...
... Wall at Mutianyu at about 11.30am. In the meantime the weather had gotten much worse and it was pouring buckets of water. So finally I was able to test not only the rain-coat I had bought for my travel but also my rain-pants from the USA that I had never used before. Luckily both proved to be quite rain-proof :-).
As usual in these South-East-Asian countries, one ends up paying additional entry fees on the way that one does not know about up-front. Once we had arrived at the ...