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... as we were walking by. Especially our (super-white and blond) Danish friend had a lot of success!
Day 6 – People, people, people
On our first full day in Beijing we instantly wanted to visit the Forbidden City. However, when we got close to Tiananmen square (from where you enter the Forbidden City) we quickly changed our mind. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE. Before going to China we had been warned it would get busy during national week, but none of us had expected it ...
... one place, it offered to mail the post cards they sold. I decided to buy some post cards.
Afterward, we chilled at a coffee shop. Valentina and I got cappuccinos while Natasha got green tea. I was having difficulty connecting with the wifi on my phone until Natasha told me how.
We decided to catch a cab back to school. It was rush hour. Our taxi driver was getting grouchy with the traffic.
We arrived at campus.
I am off to clubbing with people tonight.
... There were so many stairs, both tiny ones and very steep ones (almost as tall me).
Catherine came a little bit of the way with us and told us all about the wall's purpose in terms of keeping the Mongolians out and the reasons it was built in a certain way (I.e. it's not straight so that the watch towers are all visible to each other so they could see when anyone was waving the flag to alert of approaching Mongolians).
The varying height steps also had a purpose ...
... then when you have just Aussies and a New Zealander, you know you're in good hands. There's Kyle, a frequent member of my blogosphere, the 23-year old Australian who is here regrettably, for just one semester, and teaches kindergarden students from mainly China and Russia, whose boyish enthusiasm is fabulous. There's Rochelle, a fellow Aussie Jew whose become ...
... growling like Clint Eastwood whenever I speak thanks to the smog
settled in my chest. I should add an eye patch just to kick things up
Gathering for lunch in the lobby, we
all decided to head back for one last shopping trip back at the Silk
Market. I still had a couple last-second things to buy which would be
easily found there, so this worked out great. As much as we miss
Watermelon, we're now quite competent in ...