Oak Chateau Beijing
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We started out this morning with an introductory meeting to meet the other people in our group and get instructions for the day. There are 19 people we will be traveling with and it is quite the international group. One couple is from Edmonton, Canada, one woman is from the UK and one group of 5 (family/friends) is from Malaysia. Everyone seems to be really nice and we are looking forward to getting to know everyone better.
Our first adventure ...
... Ludvig, left his bank card in the cash machine, as well as having some clothes stolen from his hotel room - so it appears I am not the only one who looses things and has bad luck with missing clothes!
Beijing is rather cold, especially compared to the 35 degrees heat I had grown accustomed to in India. I considered buying some gloves yesterday but then I came across a store selling Chinese muffs! (best look at the photos to see what I mean!) so I invested in this as ...
... wee hid in a tower jutting out from the wall whilst refreshing ourselves with water and lemon wafers, enjoying the peace and quiet as well as the cool weather and greenery.
I'd wanted to take the toboggan back down to the foot of the hill but as it had been raining they'd closed it for the afternoon, presumably because they thought the wet 'slide way' would now be too dangerous. I was somewhat annoyed that a country with such a poor human rights recored ...
... everyone else’s tyres… Then we took part in a Dodgeball tournament, which was a very random thing to do. We were a multinational team of 3 Englishmen (Tom, Alex and Mark), an Aussie (Jeb), a German and an American (Erin). Erin was a hired hand who had volunteered to join us from an all-ladies team. It transpired that she used to be a professional soccer goalie. So partly thanks to her proficiency we even won the damn thing! Whoopee! So here we go! All ...
... children of diplomats, nearly all of high school age, who get PAID to do menial work around the building. That really frustrated me at first, but it seems that once you're "in" in this field, you're in- and hopefully now I'm more in than out.
Yes, my co-intern and I have met a lot of new faces this week. We've sat in on briefings where the special guest is preparing to meet with top Chinese officials, and wants everyone to fill him in on ...