Great Wall, Great Ending
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
36Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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The rest of Beijing, well, we saw some but not all of the main attractions. We saw the flag ceremony at sunset at Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Confucius Temple and the night market selling weird bugs and food. Forbidden City was disappointing-- almost none of the rooms to the side were open to the public, but the sheer size and number of halls was mind boggling. This was best appreciated after we left the Forbidden City and climbed Coal Hill at the north end. The aerial view would have more impressive, however, had the smog not been so thick that we couldn't see all the way to the other side! I don't know what kind of clean up they did for the Olympics, but it was not evident while we were there. There was heavy smog and pollution which made us feel physically sick for a couple of days
Several nights in a row we went to the night market to eat dinner. Here they were selling everything you could skewer along with delicious things like dumplings and noodles. The skewers had scorpions, centipedes, snakes, sheep penises (huh??), sea horses, silkworms and crickets. We didn't actually see any locals eating these things, and a main rule of travel is don't eat what the locals aren't eating!! We stuck to the dumplings and noodles. One night I also tried something I saw everyone eating- fruit on a skewer with some kind of candied sugar coating. It was a little too sweet, and would have been better had the fruit been fresher, but I wanted to try it since I saw all the locals eating it.
The Great Wall was the last thing we saw on our RTW journey. We decided to come home early and save Australia for a future adventure. We were travel weary and my cousin getting married gave us a nice date to shoot for to come home. We surprised the heck out of everyone which was great fun!! So, we are currently living in Bedias, TX, 100 miles from Houston in our little weekend house. We'll stay here until we figure out what we are going to do when our Houston house tenants move out. We are trying to get all the admistrative crap figured out that is just part of being gone for almost a year! And then we are going to breathe in, breathe out, and try to take life one step at a time :)