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... to take a taxi), he was basically our tour guide during the whole day.
Once we got to the wall, it mostly felt surreal. As a child you hear stories about the Great Wall of China, but you never actually think you’re going to see it yourself. Yet here we were, standing on top of it. The climb up to the wall was quite steep (little did we know what was in store for us after…), but once you’re up there, the view is amazing! You can see the wall moving over ...
... the hutongs. Out of all the Greek restaurants listed on the Beijing, Argo had the least amount of bad reviews.
Emi and Natasha were supposed to join us, but something came up. Luckily, Olivia decided to join us. We took subway line five and got off of the Lama Temple stop.
Olivia navigated us since she had been to the area a couple times already. She knew where the restaurant was. I can not believe how good she is ...
December 13th (Friday)
I woke up rather late since my Chinese oral exam was at 10:30. Instead of actually reviewing for my exam like a good student, I ended up listening to Ellie Goulding for an hour. Anthony, being Sleeping Beauty as usual, woke up late and got ready to go to his speaking exam.
Finally, I looked over my lines I prepared. Some time later, I walked over to my exam. It was sunny, but very windy. I was so lucky that it did not snow ...
... but I sang a shortened rendition of Handel's "Bel piacere" that seemed to go over well.
After that, we took the subway and met with Yao near the Lama temple (which is, funnily enough, our seminar's destination for tomorrow). Once there, we went to a zither studio where Yao's relative studies and practices the instrument. We-- and when I say "we," I mean "they," considering the language barrier-- chatted with the zither master, a famous Korean player named Ru Sha (dear God ...
... on our long trip home, we discovered that Tibet was currently closed to tourists and no one was sure if and when it would open again. Although we kept our eye on the news, nothing changed, but we decided to carry on with the original plan anyway as you never know what might happen once we were in China.
Our train trip from Datong to Beijing was not much different to our first China rail experience - curiosity, stares, photo's..it was ...