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... 11 when we had to go to bed. Chaperones said.
Then they tucked us in, sang us bedtime songs, and read us bedtime stories- just like our Mommies.
The train got in at 8:30 this morning.
We were greeted by blue skies in Beijing.
We have a really good tour guide.
We had a GREAT day today
hey guess what
GREAT WALL TOMORROW! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!
That's been Laura's and my dream for ...
... the GREAT WALL OF CHINA. (I realize it didn't really work as well as they hoped and was built on the backs of starving peasants, so I while I don't fully agree with it, it's still a world famous site and it's what most people associate with China) SO I WAS PUMPED!
We walked as far out as we could in one direction on the restored part (from there it's a lot of crumbly rocks and plant matter growing all over it) and then back in the other direction until it was ...
... corporal punishments in school. Our speaking might not be too sophisticated, but it's a great way to practice.
7:00pm: Spoken Chinese class. Our professor, a reddish-brown haired woman with a small mouth that widened enormously when she smiled, walks in. In this class, we step away from the more advanced Chinese content of the day and delve into the more practical Chinese language, including ordering a taxi, asking for directions, and describing your ...
... the outside covered in beautiful real red rose petals, very pretty. Ray took us out for lunch to a fab Peking Duck restaurant which had been recommended to us, the duck was very tasty, and a beer to wash it down with. In the evening we went out for a pizza later on at the Tube Station where we went for Andy's Birthday, but went for the little one this time. Met our friend Ali at our usual pub after & I had a couple of Long Island Iced ...
Because these are the tests! These are the bumps in the road! These are those that create the setting for the greatest of triumphs!
The plan is to now head to xi'an, cross china, trek the pamirs of kyrgyzstan and then the herdlands in the northeast, fly to Iran and then cross into Turkey!
I have shaved about a third of the country's off my list and given my budget an unrepeatable hammering!
But you know what?
She'll be right ...