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Today we received a first true taste of Beijing traffic and it is much like life in China. Rush quick then wait.
We packed up all of our luggage and were ready to hit the road early this morning. While most of the other groups on our trip left the school early to hop on a plane to their next province we had some time as we are taking a bullet train to the Shan Dong province. We had a nice chance to relax and get to know each other a bit better this ...
... them. Brave souls. I could never do that. We had awhile to walk around and explore. It was kind of like a flea market except all the "markets" flow into each other; like, there's no space at all between the people selling stuff. And wow do they try to sell! They practically beg you to buy their stuff. I did buy my first thing since leaving USA. I got a bracelet/necklace with a little Buddha on it. Such a crazy experience walking through those markets.
After the markets, ...
... off now) in the end I ended up as top scorer, with the most assists. A miracle, considering how **** I am. These lads have been playing together on the same pitch for over 7 years and have invited us to join their team. Can’t wait to finally get into playing week in week out again. Looks like I’m going to have to get used to the conditions ASAP. The only negative to all this is that playing sports with the pollution here ...
After enjoying our first trip to the wall so much, we decided to go again. We got up early to catch the 916 express bus to Huairou. At Huairou, we were hoping to catch a taxi to Mutianyu, a slightly more touristy section of the wall, but one that was easy for us to get to independently. We caught the subway to Dongzihmen and had one of the delicious pancake breakfast snacks that they do there before heading to the bus stop. As we approached the bus stop, a lady approached us asking ...
Today I spent 5 hours walking on the Great Wall of China.
I never had any inclination to go to China, the only reason why I came here was as a gateway to Mongolia. Beijing city took time to win me, it wasn't until I made a friend and enjoyed a night out that I really forgave it for its smog, smoke and stares.
But my decision to drive 3 hours out of the city to Gubeinko Village was ...