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Travel Blogs from Beijing
So on Sept. 17 I turned 28. I had a good day!
First some of my classmates bought me some chocolates, which was very nice of them.
After class, I spent the rest of the day with my roommate. First we went to a market near our university I think it's called Golden Towers. It's pretty good, not as big as silk market and a lot of the clothes are pretty ugly but they have some nice other things, even fake brand-name nail ...
... veggie, pork, and egg. Stephanie mixed it up for me. She is a master at mixing.
For the afternoon, I hung out with Monica to talk about the Silk Road.
Then, I had a meeting with my program, who explained to us any updates.
Right after the meeting, I had dinner with Kelsey at a dumpling place out of the east gate. Cameron and Samir later appeared. We ate together and chilled. ...
... car so we wouldn't need to share on the six hour trip to Datong. We said goodbye to Angela and were on our way.
The reality of the pollution hit home on that train ride. Miles and miles, hours and still no blue sky. Only hazy mountains in the distance, distorted by smog.
Our next guide, Michelle, was at the train to meet us at the other end and brought us to the Howard Johnson ...
... kept track of the numbers (using the Lonely Planet's translations) as the young man calling numbers shouted into the bar, and then escorted people to their tables.
We didn't have to wait long, and we were taken through the steamy dining room to our table. We perused the huge menu (huge physically, and also contextually), and selected a set meal from the back. This included some thinly sliced raw lamb, some cabbage, mushrooms, "frozen tofu" (so ...
So uhh..essentially. Yes. Finally. Comfort.
There's this thing…known as comfort. See. Back home we view it much, much differently than how it’s viewed in China. Let me explain.
Last week was interesting. You all know I’ve been working with special needs people, but it’s been putting me under some stress. I don’t always get put into the most comfortable situations. Nope. But in these terribly uncomfortable situations, I find ...
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility