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... to walk around a bit although the tour guide did say that other than going to the water park in the Cube there wasn't much to see.
Our tour guide was really nice. Her name was Serena, she said she picked it after the show Gossip Girls. I think that she was glad I was there because everyone else on the tour was tall and she said she is always the shortest. We were about the same height so she was happy.
We got back in the van ...
... the mist prevented brilliant views but the peace made up for it. The wall is an impressive structure but truth be told after walking along it, up and down steps, for an hour or so you have got about as much as you can out of it and the lure of coffee in Subway so we returned on the cable car and enjoyed our Western beverage to the multi decibel sound track of the Bee Gees. From here we made our way back towards Beijing via the Olympic Park, shrouded in mist and ...
... the boys who could have had a home with the local family who cooked our lunch - at first we thought they were joking but they were so persistent that I think Thomas, in particular, had begun to look slightly panicky!
This marked the end of out time with our guide Wendy. Mr Hu, our driver, dropped us off at the Lama temple and we said our farewells.
Lama temple started ...
... I told him that my parents were ethnic Chinese from Vietnam. The man asked what school I was studying in Beijing. I had to repeat the Chinese name twice for him. He laughed and repeated the name.
My Chinese pronunciation still sucks.
After arriving in San Francisco, I sat down and called my friend Chandler for a bit. I had not seen her since last spring. Afterward, I texted my friend Sydney. She texted, ...
... and that someone would come speak to me when we landed.
Things began escalating from there.
A man in a smart suit walked down the aisle a few minutes later, crouched down next to me without a smile and asked me what symptoms I had. I explained again that I just had a bit of a fever but I felt alright, it was probably no big deal. He also told me that I would have to be checked while on the ground.
He walked back up the ...