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Hello from Mutianyu China! As I wrote in my first entry, I have been here for four month as a part of my internship, and it has been great. About ten days ago, one of my best friends came here and we had the greatest time! The Wednesday she came here was horribly hot, but still we rent bikes from our hostel right after I picked her up from Beijing …
... example in our hotel, at the swimming pool it says that people who have infectious diseases, hypertension, respitory problems or are alcoholics should not swim. (I think they mean drunks). And at the farthest point of the Great Wall that Brian went on, it said, "No visitors" (ie no more hiking) Wonderful!
Then my roommate took me to a nearby bakery. Let me break from my story for a moment to point out something: Chinese baked goods are terrible. Their "cakes" are extremely buttery but very sugary, it's disgusting. Luckily, this bakery was a Korean bakery and the cakes we had were delicious. We split a slice of cheesecake and a slice of some kind of chocolate cake that was half fudge and half mousse.
We had some time ...
... ahead. Once arriving at the train station we were given one last surprise with a Subway just placed at the point we got off the bus! How delightful it was! And finally to summarise and explain my title. Beijing is another one of those cities that you have a love-hate relationship with. It's got all those great things that a bigger city has like Starbucks, Subway, Ikea and such. Yet at the ...
... In fact, it tasted of earth. And that is being kind. It really was foul. Although the Forbidden City was impressive in both its scale and design, after two or three hours, we really were dynastied out and decided to head back to the haven of the hotel for a cold shower and a cool been in the air-con. Bliss.
That evening, we headed out on the tube (of which we were becoming the masters) to Ghost Street. Ghost Street is a must-go foodie destination in ...
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