National Day Holiday
Trip Start Feb 27, 2013
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I really felt like a local during the week as I walked around the city, muttering to my friends about the annoying 'tourists', conveniently dodging the fact that I, too, was a foreigner in this town. It was pretty obvious the influx of people into the city. My friend took half an hour to walk a less than 50 metre underpass on one day, and in the subway, any lingering personal space issues I may have felt before were well and truly extinct.
The week started off by going to just about the only bar in Beijing that showed the AFL grand final. All five TVs in the bar were tuned to the Australia Channel, and Australians overtook the bar to watch the all-important final. I took my Uruguayan roommate, Pia, so she could experience a taste of Australian culture, and we were there with Ian and Emily Knowles. Ian is a Hawthorn supporter, so he was happy on the day, but I think the majority of the bar was supporting Fremantle, as the atmosphere was best in the third quarter when things were tight. I had been to 3 of the past 4 grand finals live back home since 2010, so it was certainly very different watching it in a bar, in Beijing of all places.
During the week, I also visited a hutong that a friend lives in
The Lama Temple holds a world record for the largest statue carved out of a single piece of wood. The statue, one of Buddha, is about four storeys high. After being originally built in 1694, during the Qing Dynasty, it is really nice to see that it is still being used.
The rest of the week was spent catching up with friends, having long dinners, studying and sleeping in. It was a really nice week, and it was nice to see friends and not have to worry about any homework due the next day.