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Travel Blogs from Beijing
First thing I did after waking up was make a cup of coffee. I used the Puerto Rican coffee Emi gave me before she left. Felt nostalgic about the last night I talked with her in her room before her flight back to America.
I checked my phone and I had Wechat messages from Katherine and Bethany! Missed them so much. So excited about Bethany coming to Beijing in May! Can't wait to reunite with her.
Katherine and I wechatted for a few minutes.
After getting ...
... It will be interesting to see if this changes in future years as the society continues to become more urbanised. Continuing in the forbidden city, we were amazed by the sheer grandeur of the buildings and scale of the city as we continued to move from one square to another. We also became objects of some interest to some of the Chinese tourists and starred in quite a few holiday photos. After the forbidden city is was on to the Hutong for ...
... John went near the front of any transport for the rest of the week!!! It's like being on a Rollacoaster!!! We pulled up at our hotel and we hadn't even got our bags and Jan was there with her arms around Stu smothering him in motherly kisses (haha!) Paul came out 5 minutes later with a handshake & a tap on the back!!
The next day we were meeting our tour guide and fellow travellers for a peking duck welcome dinner. Our tour guide was Niko then ...
... realize Mary Kay was a global business!!
Tomorrow we are going to the Confuicus Institute Headquarters called Hanban where we will again have a big formal meeting like we did the other day with the officials from BLCU. We're then doing more shopping (to my dismay) and attending another workshop. Beijing is such a great city, but I'm hoping tomorrow I will be able to see more of it not just in the bus and not just in shopping form.
I miss you USA!
... Great wall of China. However, the constant spitting is wearing thin - is it worth it? It is nasty. Beijing is a mixture of East and West being somewhere in the middle, but I think without knowing what it wants to be. It also smells funny, a combo of **** and garlic! I have no idea why but it does. Don't think I will eat garlic bread again. I am enjoying my adventure, loving the Facebook detox. With all the walking I hope to be skinny by the time I hit the beach, ha ha.
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