Spring is here
Trip Start Feb 27, 2013
44Trip End Ongoing
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Out have come the mosquitos, as have the language partners. Language partners are a really popular way for foreign students and Chinese students to mix together and help each other out with language. They practice English, we practice Chinese. It is pretty easy for a foreign student such as myself to find a language partner, as the number of native Chinese speakers far outweigh the number of native English speakers
This weekend, Ian and Emily took me out again. We went to a Japanese restaurant first, which provided us with so much food that we had to take some home. It was a pretty restaurant, too. From there, we went to a puzzle place Emily had heard about. It is a place where you go into a room, and have to figure out the puzzle to find the code to unlock the door into the next room There were 3 rooms we had to uncover. It is just a converted apartment, and many of the decorations for the puzzles were hand drawn.
The first room had five clocks, maths problems and a clock full of letters to make you try and figure out the four code lock to the next door. We were in this little cupboard for over 40 minutes, with only figuring out one number. In the alphabet clock, they missed out the letters I, S and X, which led us to conclude that one of the numbers was six We had to call for assistance, and they gave us clues to help us move on to the next room. The next room we used special torches to see invisible ink to try and figure out the next clues. We had to call for assistance again. The last room was, again, too tough, so they helped us out too
We went out for ice cream, and then they helped me find some medicine for my mosquito bites.
On Tuesday, I went to Black Sesame Restaurant, the restaurant rated highest in Beijing on Trip Adviser. It was located in the shared courtyard of a hutong. It was really hard to find, but as the owner Jen explained, it was part of their charm. It really felt like a hidden secret. Jen is an American who also studied at BLCU, as did their manager, Michelle, so that was really cool. Jen said that when she studied there, the area around BLCU, Wudaokou was mostly farmland, with just yellow vans as taxis. How it has changed! We sat on a communal table with six other people, and we shared the ten courses that came out. The food was absolutely delicious, but my favourite part was actually sitting and chatting with the other people at our table
On Saturday I went to San Li Tun, a district a little way away from my school to celebrate a friend's birthday. This area is known for attracting the tourists, as it has the high end shopping, as well as a bar street and many clubs. It feels different to other parts of Beijing, because it is so clean and full of Westerners, but I enjoyed going there. It was fun to dance around and celebrate Melissa's 25th with her and some other friends.