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... bus! It was then time to head to the Residents Lounge to our usual table and have a light dinner and a few beers. 10pm saw us all fall into bed, exhausted yet exhilarated to have had such a wonderful first day in China and a lovely way to spend our 17th wedding anniversary.
Off to the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall tomorrow – much excitement again!
... at 4:51 (there is no daylight savings time in China), so I can already see some daylight through the small windows at the top of my basement room.
Time to take a shower and get ready to get out for my one and only day of Beijing sightseeing. Temple of Heaven Park to the south of here opens at 6 a.m., according to my guidebook, so I will walk there first and then see how many of the top sights I can make it to in one day.
... on Monday morning, it was pitch black the entire time which was interesting. I was also able to watch pacific rim and man of steel. We met a few neat people on the airplane and are celebrating the Super Bowl via FaceTime (china has nothing, no television in the airport! And no Facebook!) thanks to my awesome brother Brandon. I'll update this more ...
... and her name is Fangfang. She seems very nice and she is a very good teacher. Her and a friend of her's, Qian, approached me while I was eating in the cafeteria one day and asked if I would be her language partner. I stick out like a sore thumb in that cafeteria because hardly any foreigners eat there.
I also have a new roommate! Her name is Erika and she is Japanese, and here for a semester like me. Her Chinese is ...
Today's entry is very special because I got to visit China's most famous attraction: The Great Wall of China. If you really don't know, the wall is very, very, very long and is split into different sections. Some sections are definitely more touristy than others. Today, our group got to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Originally, the trip to the Great Wall was planned for Saturday, but after we checked ...