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... language just makes it that much more intense. So we quickly bought our things from the guy working there and made our way back to the subway and to our hostel.
Once back at the hostel I just needed some time by myself so I laid in bed while Chelsea went down to the bar with the guys for Happy Hour. She came back up a while later saying they were ordering food so I went down and we all ordered burgers. Needless to say these weren’t American burgers! They came ...
As typical, I went to get my chicken wrap and then dashed to the basement lounge to study. Studying for my dictation did not take that long. So I walked to my classroom building and sat on a bench outside.
Enjoying the sun until I saw Father Gene. I shouted out his name four times until he finally heard me. He said, "Look at you! Soaking in the sun and wearing your fabulous scarf!" Love that man. We talked for a bit and I told him that only one person from Regis ...
... We stayed until dark and
saw the buildings light up in bright orange and blue and, in true
Chinese style, things livened up for a food market and lots of busy
After a rest day to sort some stuff out (washing, planning next
bit, printing important information etc) we headed to Beijing zoo.
Wow. A lot of walking, being squished, looking into empty cages
occurred, and when we did see some animals they looked quite sad. The
Pandas too, their ...
... side out in a carefully constructed pile, finishing the top with the pieces of skin he took off the breast. The whole duck made two little plates, which were served with a steamer of crepes, and a couple of sesame puffs. You basically build a little wrap of the duck and condiments on the crepe and then munch away. The meal finished with a light broth of duck, with emulsified fat, which was rich, and light tasting. Iced grapes came with the bill, but ...
... in the audio guide, the Empress Dowager I think, who I remember because she seemed to be called Sue Shi!
The Imperial Garden was stunning, and probably my favourite bit. Puyi, the last emperor, hid his family here. By the gate to the Imperial Garden was a tree. It had originally been two trees bound together which were now one tree to represent eternal love, created for the wedding of a crown-prince and his empress. There were lots ...