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We were spoiled last week with the tropical weather. Mia, our resident vampire, even managed to get a sun burn. Ouch! However, for the last few days it's been typical Beijing weather. We can't even see anything past the first few buildings. So, it has been rainy day activities without the rain. The girls had a blast at Fun Dazzle. Basically Cosmic adventure but with an olympic sized ball pit. Oh man, I wish I could ...
... with Anthony.
There was only one computer in the library that only had Word working. A lot of people were waiting for Jules to hurry up, so they could print out their papers.
Dennis took the class out to dinner at the restaurant next to our dorm. He ordered so much food. It was so nice to eat together as a class.
After that, Rae and I got Coca-Cola and Snickers at the Stadium Store.
Then we returned to the dorm.
... relaxed and were swallowed by the river and flowed back to the museum gates to enter the forbidden city. The magnitude of the city was overwhelming. I won't bore you with physical dimensions but the real magic was to look past the torrent of tourists (us included of course) and think of this amazing complex in full use in 1420 when it was first built. Spiritual and ritual gates for prayer, ceremonies, good fortune - the ultimate display of divine power held ...
... we took turns watching luggage and going to buy our last US meal. Christian decided on Mexican food, and I debated between cheesy macaroni and something meaty. I saw a photo of a bacon burger, and my mind was made up.
The flight to Beijing Capital Airport was 13.5 hours. I had one meal (I slept through the next two), watched The Avengers, reviewed some Chinese and made friends with the girl sitting next to me, who also happened to be going to Beijing ...
... wife as the both enjoyed the first class comforts... Although I was never to see them again, not at customs or at luggage collection!
However the highlight of my flight was Josh being addressed in a very camp manner "oh your a right little tea monster"after his request for his 17th cup of tea was granted by the BA flight assistant.
Pmsl as you would say these days!
In most countries getting a taxi from the airport is ...