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... saw a Russian first winning over more fancied runners and the women's 100m hurdles was won by Jamaica in an easy final without two of the USA women who had been DQ'ed afer either a false start or a fall. Sally Pearson would have blitzed it if she had been fit!!
Pn Saturday we had an easy morning watching Jarred Tallent win the silver medal in the 50k Race Walk on TV while chilling out in our room. We also saw the relay heats on TV. Our only team, ...
This huge complex with it's formal courts and halls is justly famous. Likewise it is immense
and designed to impress anyone who looked on it.
We came on a quiet day!
The crowds huge, with a long wait to get tickets. Within the walls, the first grand courtyard vast, with the golden river flowing through it, filled with people and tour guides on megaphones the sound was cacophonous.
We took side trips to ...
... although I I'm not entirely sure what it is exactly that I have ordered and eaten; it's kind of a guessing game between the picture and the characters I'm able to understand, which makes for an exciting and slightly scary meal.
The city is pretty amazingly bike-friendly, and on campus I have seen at least 5 x more bikes than cars. I bought my bike today and ...
I should state here that I was not at all interested in "Tiffany", just that she was very helpful and I was happy to help her practice English. We went downstairs to a coffee shop within the hutong, and the prices were absolutely ridiculous, especially for China. $7 for a beer (maybe not so ridiculous in Sydney), and $12 for a cappuccino. I ordered a beer as it was the cheapest drink, she ordered the overpriced cappuccino. Without telling me, ...
... properly. What we did find here though was a queue!!! Yes, a real queue. Well when we got in the queue we were wrong, just a disguised queue as there is still pushing and shoving in here with the addition of umbrellas, just when I thought things were getting better!! In here this is where they kept the tablets for all the gods that they worshiped.
Off to the circular mound altar and in the middle at the highest point you find the ...