Olympic stadium

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
Trip End Apr 19, 2009

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Today was an early wake-up as it was our last full day in China. We were ready and down in the lobby by 9am, and waited for dad who was checking us onto the plane. Apparently, even though we were more than 24hrs early for check-in, we were not early enough to get any seats together. Only Liam and Aunty Robynne were able to be seated together; the rest of us were seated with randoms.
We got taxis to the Olympic sites, namely the Bird's Nest. We arrived there, and we were all super excited. None of us had ever been close to any of the stadiums, let alone inside them. We were able to go right inside the stadium, and onto the grass. There were heaps of people on there, sitting on the court and taking pictures. We played "Olympic" qian zi-a Chinese version of hacky-sack. It was a lot of enjoyable, even though we weren't very good at all. The locals seemed to really like to watch us struggle with their traditional game. We took many of our own pictures as well as being invited to be in other people's pictures.
I loved it, as I have never been on an Olympic arena like that. We bought a few souvenirs and mementos before we walked around the water cube which was next door. All the speakers outside were blaring the song "One World, One Dream" over and over again. It was a really nice song, so it wasn't too annoying. The only words in English were 'one world, one dream', so we all sang that really loudly and mumbled the rest of it.
We got on a train there, which was surprisingly empty. We all got seats, which was highly unusual.
We then went to the market for a final shop. We had to pick up a few things that were on order, and picked up the last few souvenirs and presented that we wanted. Once we were satisfied enough, we got back on the train to go back home. We got ready to go out again. Rebecca's parents wanted to reciprocate for last night's dinner and take us out.
We took taxis to west Beijing and to our Restaurant. It was a restaurant that was as big as a shopping center; it even had two escalators inside it. We had our own room up the back, as we usually do, this one had two tables, couches and plenty of room to walk around in. Collingwood was playing, so in between chatting to Rebecca, Sammy , Faye and Rebecca's parents, we got score updates from Aunty Kate. Once we found out that Collingwood won, we were ecstatic and sung the song before we settled down and conversed with everyone more. It was a really nice night in the end, we all sang songs like Eternal Flame and Bohemian Rhapsody. We saw Sammy and Faye's wedding pictures, which were not taken on their wedding day. Sammy wore about three or four different wedding dresses, most of which were western, but one was traditional dress. They were all lovely and some very comical.
We finished dinner and went to bed.
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