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Travel Blogs from Beijing
... finding myself and completing my journey of self-discovery. In a year I have clearly seen and learned a lot, and in between donning colourful costumes and make up in a Xmas pantomime, it turns out I've delivered a pretty exuberant performance as an ESL teacher, despite my l;ack of training in this field. But thanks to some music, my Ipad and my occasionally theatrical personality in front of close to 40 bewildered and bemused Chinese teenagers, I am beginning to find myself in ...
... tea, a tea that is for good health that tasted like rice, and one other. The fruit tea was really sweet, as it is made with dried fruits and flowers in the tea. It was really good, so I bought a box to take home! We all were big fans of that one. While we were ordering our boxes of tea, things got a little interesting. Wei was getting mad because apparently they were trying to rip us off, and because he had told us only to buy one box at this tea ...
... so it was good to go, but also for networking opportunities. An enjoyable evening at the Brussels bar, meeting Andy too after he’d played squash.
Friday night was the first Internations party of the year at Face Bar, a really lovely venue that we hadn’t been to before. A great night, but someone had a few too many Long Island ice teas….. she’s got red hair, that will give you a clue….!!
Recovery lunch on Saturday with ...
2. Friday 7th September
Breakfast was good and we were on the bus at 8.15. Temperatures humid and it was very hazy – what we expected for Beijing. Traffic!! Lots of it!! But very orderly considering the density. We noticed many electrically powered bicycles travelling in a special lane in the opposite direction to cars.
First stop was Tiananmen Square. Before we could enter the square we ...
... in our hotel feature these for
native guests, but buildings catering to Westerners make a point to
install the ceramic thrones we're accustomed to. The fact an advanced
government building featured traditional...eh...crevices is an
interesting indicator of how the tourist experience has clearly
assigned areas. Everyone has that one friend who preaches cultural
acceptance and how you need to break out of your comfortable routine
on a daily basis, it's the only way ...