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... To be honest, this was a really intense moment because throughout the whole conference our delegation had been battling with the delegation of the Kirachi School in Pakistan because they were really good as well. Most of us were hoping for Best Delegate and had no idea how things would have turned out because we were so neck and neck with them. When the awards came out, Chadwick actually did really well, ...
... we visited the homes of two families. Jerry taught us the meanings of the stars located above the doors and also what the statues outside of the house represented. Many houses and important buildings in China have a boundary on the bottom of the door way. Females are said to step over these boundaries with their right foot first and males with their left. You are never permitted to step on top of the wood as this represents you standing on the shoulders of the ...
... off and he wanted to teach us how to barter. I am really bad at bartering, but I am trying to get better! haha. The atmosphere in the Pearl Market is crazy, with people calling to you from every which way saying "Hey Pretty lady, purse for you! How much you want to spend?" There are so many things and people, it is overwhelming, but fun. All of us can't wait to go back and take time to shop, because we didn't have time today.
After the Pearl Market, we went to ...
... to sit and chat with others. - so far everything is extremely cheap as expected. - cab drivers will actually turn you down - less then 3km, no money is better than the fare - not a lot of English spoken - need to makes sure we always get directions written down - Beijing roads = scary as ****, car or bike - actually witnessed a crash - walked 2 hours in the wrong directions, but was fun trying to conquer ...
... China Discovered America. After lunch, we were driven in rickshaws to the Hutongs (the ancient neighborhoods in the middle of Beijing). You will remember that during the lead up to the Beijing Games of 2008, the Chinese government saw fit to tear down many of these neighborhoods thus displacing many people whose families had passed these homes down through the generations. The move was less than popular among Beijingers. The structures are fascinating. You think you are ...