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... performed tea ceremonies to help pay for college. We got on the bus and were quickly off to our first activity. I shouldn’t say quickly because in a city with over 21,000,000 people, travel is never quick. So in the midst of the traffic, Lucia gave us Chinese lessons. I did not retain much.
We got off the bus in the Hutong area where we got into Trishaws and got a little tour of the village. We were then dropped off at a local house where the family prepared dinner ...
... previously, but you wouldn't know it, considering how bad most of us were, including me! After this class, we were finished for the day, so went back to our rooms, but then planned to come back downstairs and go out shopping and have dinner. However, I spent some time working out how to contact Glenn and the girls in real time, when Oanh told me I could use WeChat to have audio calls and video calls. I tried ringing Glenn's WeChat but unless he had it open on ...
This post will be about what happened in the last few days. Sorry for not blogging. Didn't have time to write anything.
May 13th (Tuesday)
Right after I dropped off my paper, Natasha wechatted me if I wanted to go to the color dumplings place with her. I said yeah since I would not go there again by myself before returning home. We took a cab there.
The dumplings were so good! We ordered a lot of food. I could not believe that Natasha worked ...
... incoherent...people dressed up in crazy face paint and elaborately colored robes dancing around the stage talking about this king who was invading the emporor's palace, then about some lady emporer who was really beautiful but who lived across the river then about some half god-half soldier guy. It was one hour long and there was a 10 minute intermission in the middle, by intermission we were wondering why on earth we paid $30 to sit ...
... such a beautiful, ancient house with something aggressively modern, like a 4WD parked out the front. The juxtaposition pretty much sums up Beijing--- a beautiful mix of tradition and modernity.
The Lama Temple is still very much in use, especially on a Saturday, and I felt a little awkward sometimes walking into the buildings and having a sticky beak, when people were praying. The Lama Temple has gone through many transitions in its time; from ...