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How big was it? Maaate, it was this big!

HeyHey and a big G'Day toya, Well I left and now I'm here again. I'm in BEIJING CHINA! Huh? Why am I still writing to you from Beijing and not from Tokyo in Japan? Well, after an early rise at 5:00am, I dashed around and caught a cab to where the airport shuttle stops. When I arrived at the airport I found someone who could speak English and she checked the computer for me to make sure everything was according to plan. HHHHhhhhmmmm! It seemed everything wasn't going to go according to plan! I could tell by the confused look on her face along with the fact that she made about five phones calls after she gave that confused look. It seemed no one knew anything about my flight. How could that be, it's a huge plane so who could no one know anything about it? She really had no idea where my flight had gone. I questioned the word 'gone'. There are still several hours, it hasn't gone but it will go....I hope! Thankfully a switched one guy overheard us and ran over quickly tap tap tapping things into the keyboard. It seemed my flight had been cancelled just after I booked it and it was now tomorrow. Why she couldn't see that I really have no idea. She was actually sitting at the 'Information Counter' and I thought that would have been one of the more simple mysteries to be solved. She had tried her hardest so I happily thanked them both for their time and went outside and reversed my earlier footsteps back to the Jinghua Hotel where I found out that there were no 'better' rooms as they had all been booked and that now I would have to return to the dorm rooms downstairs. What she really meant was 'down there, in the basement with the cockroaches'. I'm serious, these dorm rooms a so infested with cockroaches that it looks like the floor is moving once the lights are out. Just as I was about to head down stairs I ran into Aussie Megan and Michelle. They were two sisters from Melbourne that I spent yesterday afternoon and last night with. Michelle is living in China teaching English and her younger sister Megan had come to visit her. <u>YESTERDAYS ACTIVITIES IN BEIJING (Friday 11th February)</u></b> Yesterday afternoon we spent walking around some of Beijing's little back streets and also squeezed in The Summer Palace which though chockablock full of other tourists was actually very beautiful! Oh No! No Dunken Doughnuts! After dinner at a little street side stall on an awesome market street we in search of what are known as Dunken Doughnuts. The city Michelle teaches in has Dunken Doughnuts but it seemed that Beijing didn't have Dunken Doughnuts. It did have 'other' doughnuts but they wouldn't be accepted until we had conducted a very thorough search of the inner city. AS we searched we found so many wonderful streets and back alleyways. Soon Dunken Doughnuts were forgotten. After we said our 'first 'catchyaround Nits beengreatknowinyamate' I headed down to the cockroach infested dorm room. Argh! So many creepy crawlies and I vowed to myself if my plane didn't take off tomorrow I would be happy to pay the stupid Spring Festival prices for a better room. Sometime during the night an American guy came stumbling into the room with two Chinese girls and proceeded to do his best to shag them both in a dorm that had about fifteen beds which mind you, were all full. I soon heard several people leave the room and return soon to be followed by the PSB who led all three from the room. Seriously, what the hell was he thinking! I could use the expression, 'Get a room!' But a room he actually had. It was just a pity for him that his room was actually full of other people! <u>TODAYS ACTIVITIES IN BEIJING (Saturday 12th February)</u></b> So to today. After putting my pack 'down there, with the roaches' the three of us headed out into the streets in search of not only Dunken Doughnuts but if we were to pass by it, The Forbidden City! On our doughnut search we found the huge Huge HUGE Tiananmen Square. Did I say how big it was? It was HUGE MATE! I mean this big. That big? Yes that big! WOOOW! It can and has held up to one freakin million people in it all at the same time! That BIG! Then it was to the Gate of Heavenly Peace which was built in the fifteenth century. It was here that the big guy told the world that 'From this day, we will be now known as the People's Republic of China!' We skipped standing in line for many hours waiting to see the Big Dead Guy spent many hours walking around the Forbidden City. As I walked I thought of how lucky I was to be walking in such a place. As history goes it has a pretty full on story behind it but I'm not going to bother boring you with details. But I have now been to Beijing and the Forbidden City! I'm a lucky boy! The strangest thing happened later in the afternoon. We found a market place for of very cheap things that looked real but were not real. The same as I had found in Thailand and Vietnam. It seems as though they are running rampart here in Asia. Unlike the other countries the cd's were not on display. You had to actually go to a parking lot or park where there were guys with boxes full of cd's that they pulled out of car boots. It felt like being in a movie and that the police were going to pounce at any moment! No police pounced and Megan and Michelle filled a back pack full. I didn't have a Discman and they didn't have tapes so I walked away with empty hands. Bugger! For dinner we went in search of Mongolian Hotpot. The girls wanted it as much as the Dunken Doughnuts we still couldn't find. Wow I thought, in a few months I will be able to actually say, I've had Mongolian Hotpot in Mongolia! After we said our second 'catchyaround Nits beengreatknowinyamate' I headed down to the cockroach infested dorm room. Crunch Crunch. Here I met an elderly lady whom was still up reading along with several other people who were all happily chatting away. We sat to chat and I found out that her husband of fifty or so years had died several months ago. She sold the house and all their belongings and has been traveling through Asia since with no plans to return to her home country. It was actually a dream of 'theirs' but he had gotten sick many years ago and they couldn't 'live the dream'. 'Sitting at home with the blues won't bring him back, so I'll do it for the both of us' is what she said with a smile before turning out her little reading light. Beers N Cheers toya...shane _______________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was another awesome 90's bands that I got to see several times. The band is 'Pavement' The album was the 'Wowee Zowee Sordid Sentinels Edition'

Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City

Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City


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Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (1)


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Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (10)


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Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (11)


Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (12)

Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (12)


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Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (2)


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Tienamin Square &#38;amp; Forbidden City (9)

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