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... to gain entry into the square (and train stations too). The square is enormous and is surrounded by Mao's mausoleum, a massive museum and the Great Hall of the People. Unfortunately one needed tickets to get into the Great Hall. There were wonderful exhibits to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the PRC.The weather was great, and Bill kept getting photographed by locals!
... the rules!"
Then it was Happy House time - this is what the Chinese people call their restrooms . . . If you've been holding it for a long time - and then you get to use the restroom - you are probably very happy. :-). So - it's the Happy House! Pretty funny . . Jojo is getting pretty good at the squat toilets . . . Probably more sanitary anyway . . . I've learned to always carry my own paper . .
... Oh wait. You don't like that word."
"I don't like it because it got overused." I said.
"You and Niaya are such foodies!" Emi screamed. "Wait, Niaya is all about bread."
NIaya was laughing and went off explaining her love for bread. Emi and I interrupted her and told her that bread is not that nutritious. Niaya's jaw dropped. Then, we got into a discussion about the food pyramid.
Keryn is 53 today. Picked up by Helen at 8am and we went to the Hutong district and had ride in rickshaw to a family home. Went to Drum Tower and loved the drumming. They took us to zoo to see pandas and they were hard to see and dirty. Disappointed!! Went to Tea House and bought Puer Tea and Great Wall trick porcelain mug. Wasted $90 but is a very good memory of our day and I have enough healthy tea to last me 12 months. Dropped back into mall where we shopped for the afternoon but all ...
... following the guide to our cabins on the train, the 3 girls (Anne, Mary and Keira) and Petra (yes, so close to Pedro) the Italian chap shared one cabin and we were next door. We were joined by Bing and Yang travelling from Thailand. They where a lovely couple, telling us their travels around China, Cambodia and Vietnam, including one train journey where they had a 24 hour train journey and only had a stand up ticket, so what we had was luxury.
We left on time ...