Monthly Archives: September 2011

Yonghe Gong, Silk Market, Friendship Store, Steak and Eggs, and KFC debacle

Today we decided to get steamed buns for breakfast. In theory this should work out. We found a place with a name in English. So we walk there. It’s about 30 mins from hotel. We arrive and they only speak … Continue reading

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Temple of Heaven Park

OL and I decided to sleep in this morning after a challenging day at the Great Wall yesterday. The people of the Hutong however decided they needed to do some reconstruction starting at 7am. And the Chinese hotel guests decided … Continue reading

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Mutianyu Great Wall Adventure

We awoke at 7:45 to go to Mutianyu Great Wall. The hotel told us it would cost 380 yuan each to go by bus with them and have lunch and entry into wall. Tourist place told us 700 yuan just … Continue reading

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Tiananmen, Forbidden City, JingShan Park, Peking Duck

OL and I decided to check out our hotel/hostel restaurant. Big mistake. First off the girl has a bill counter that she thinks tests the veracity of the bill. No dumbass that is just a bill counter. She runs our … Continue reading

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HSBC Bank, Qianmen, and Laundry Escapade

We reawaken at 11am. To a fresh smelling room. Wow. Progress. We eat in room. OL munches on chips and Oreos. I ask if he likes breakfast in bed in Beijing. He fails to see the humor. I eat a … Continue reading

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Thirteen Reasons Why–Book Review

This book lingered in my psyche all week. I found myself bringing it up in every conversation. Or rather turning every conversation to it. With my penpal in Okinawa, with my bff at IHOP, to dad when he walked in … Continue reading

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Xian Stench in Beijing

So we get up at 6:15  for breakfast at 6:45. Breakfast room opens at 6:50. We are only ones there. We get to eating. Then go finish packing. Checkout at 7:30. It does not go well. Attendant at front desk … Continue reading

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One Day Til I Escape Xian

Today was another gut twisting stomach lurching day in Xian. Our last thank the gods. We woke up by 8:30 because Jinjiang hotel already had loud construction work going on near our room. We had breakfast. Got stared at by … Continue reading

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