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Arrived in Beijing mid afternoon, and negotiated airport express train, metro and regional train from Beijing North station to Badaling station. Then for the scary part - a taxi ride into the unknown. All travel sites warn you against jumping into non metered taxis and getting ripped off etc. But at Badaling station, there was only a bunch of local men who were taxi drivers, competing with one another to get the fare. One guy seemed to be in charge ...
... Beijing for a year. This semester, I am living with a sweet Chinese roommate.I have became friends with awesome people. I no longer care to plan anymore. I don't even know what I am doing this weekend.
Life has turned out differently than I thought. Don't get me wrong. I get scared about change. However, I know that life changes. Change can lead to good things. I have learned to not be fearful as much.
Back to my day, when I was returning to the dorm, I ordered ...
After talking with him, I returned to my room to finish my paper due tomorrow. It took me a few hours, but I got it done! Now, I have one paper left to do!
I was so lazy to get dinner, so I asked Anthony to get me some buns outside of west gate. Fifteen minutes later he came back with my buns! So happy.
I went to the basement lounge to review Chinese. Later, I went back to my room to listen to music to relax. Then I returned to ...
... Eventually we got a train and headed to see Mao around 12:15. We didn't bring our backpacks or cameras because we heard they were not permitted in the building. We planned to get them again after viewing Mao and head to our other stops after. The tomb was closed by the time we got there. No line and no English signs indicating closure- just two in Chinese with the numbers 8:00-12:00 and 7:00-11:00, so either way we could assume we were too late. We returned to the hostel ...
... have those sites at all. Nightmare, as you can imagine.
We were on our own today, nobody to guide or translate for us. So it took us a while to find a place that had pictures on the menus and wasn't in an alleyway that creeped Mom out. We finally did find a cool little place to eat. Walked inside to find a cat and a puppy wrestling each other under the table they sat us down at. I couldn't help but worry that the little ...