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... People would use your act of involvement as a way to scam you.
While we were sitting, other old people came to our table begging us money. The fuwuyuan (server) yelled at them to leave us alone. Then, as we were walking to the main street, the same old creepy man with the little girl approached us. We kept on walking.
We returned to campus passed midnight. I walked with Natasha to the basement lounge. Then, we decided to go with Virginia to ...
... Turned out that it was Jesse. He joined us.
We spoke about what we did today and about what we wanted to do after college. Monica laughed at my response and said that I always wanted to do my own thing.
Following dinner, we walked across the street to the fruit market, but it was closed.
As we were walking, Monica was playing with a kitty. Jesse and i told her to stay away from it. She ignored us.
We then returned to campus.
... s another 'kick myself' moment......Guess where I am Maggs?!!!
We get to Tower 20 in about an hour it's quite a tuff hike with steps of varying sizes & steep cobbled slopes. You need to stop regularly to look at the views & take it all in. At each tower there are ladies selling drinks (even cold beers) & souvenirs, the usual tacky stuff (Blackpool tower replaced by a Great Wall Tower).
Once we reach Tower 20 there is a great view on up an even ...
... we've visited the palace is ripe with history and if I can come up with a brief summary I'll include it here. From the Summer Palace we moved on to a Jade factory. China is a big source of Jade and has some excellent craftsmen who work with it to produce some fine jewellery, sculptures and, in the case of this particular factory, the medals for the 2008 Beijing Olympics which included jade as one of their components. Well, the highlight of the day was The Great Wall of China. My ...
... getting ready to go home--it feels like I'm not ready for it, like I didn't have enough time to mentally prepare. All of a sudden it seems all the crazy new experiences of this summer are washed together into one big blur. I'm glad I decided to keep a blog and I hope it can help me peel them off from each other and retain a vivid recollection of each one.
It's crazy how quick your body and mind adapt to a new culture ...