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China part 2

24 Jan

The first full day that we were in China, we decided to figure out the subway system and go to the Forbidden City.


This is THE palace of so many dynasties. It was really awesome to get to walk around where Emperors walked thousands of years ago. But once we got inside we realized that we were STARVING because we didn’t eat breakfast. So, we ate some traditional Chinese dumplings.

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We sat inside this tiny restaurant so thankful that it was *somewhat* warm. We were freezing our faces off. Thankfully we put on so many layers that we weren’t frozen to the bone… yet. After breakfast we walked around and I rented an automatic guide. It was nice but after a while, everything started to look the same. Kinda unfortunate.


After we decided that we had enough of the Forbidden City, we walked down the street a ways to find a bus to hop on to take us back to the subway station. Now this is where the adventure really begins. We got on the bus and we are riding along, we wanted to find a place with WIFI, I look out the window and see McDonald’s and I am off the bus in a flash of lightning. We wanted to eat McDonald’s in China to see what it tasted like compared to Japanese McDonald’s.

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We then got back on the bus to what we thought would take us to the subway station. WRONG. We were taken to some bus stop and they told us all to get off. We had NO idea where we were. After we walked around a bit, we  I decided that Aaron should hail a cab. I’m sure he loves hailing cabs by now. :] We told our taxi driver to take us to Tiananmen Square. We were in the car for over 45 minutes. I’m sure we were on the other side of town. Woopsy.



Before we headed back to our hostel, we decided that we should get Starbucks.


Later that evening we decided that we wanted to go to an acrobat show. It was awesome. I am so amazed at the craziness that happened during that show. People standing on a free-standing lader while holding a bunch of other people off of your body. Don’t believe me… look at this picture!



But what also is madness, 5 men riding motorcycles in a steel cage. The picture doesn’t do it justice but you gotta believe me.


After the show we headed back to our hostel because we had to rest up for our adventure to the Great Wall for Christmas Day!

Part 3 coming up tomorrow.


China part 1

23 Jan

I have always dreamed about going to China. I fell in love with the way that it was portrayed through movies and I loved reading about it in books. I always knew that I would go to China and climb the Great Wall but I never knew that I would do it over Christmas.

Over Christmas vacation, my boyfriend and I headed to China. We wanted to climb the Great Wall and see some other things in Beijing. It was a trip that I will never forget.

The first night that we got there, we walked around for almost 45 minutes trying to find our hostel. We were walking down the wrong street. It was horribly cold outside and we had our backpacks. Finally I asked Aaron if he would attempt to hail a taxi for us. This little old man stopped and we weren’t sure what to think of it. Let me try and paint a picture of it for you. It was a man who was probably 60 or so on this scooter. On the back of the scooter was a wooden box. He told us that it would be 10 Yuan for a ride. The box that we got into was seriously SO small and both of us had our backpacks. Thankfully we fit and he brought us to our hotel. It was pretty awesome.

Once we got to our hostel, we met a girl who was staying in our room with us. She had been traveling around China for 10 weeks. She took us out to dinner down the street. We had this delicious noodle soup. You had to pick whatever you wanted and they were all on sticks.


They then made it into a soup. It was so wonderful and spicy!


After all of that madness we headed back for our showers and we were out before 10pm. We felt a little lame but it’s vacation… you can relax and sleep as much as you want.

I’ll post another post about all of the touristy things that we did. Stay tuned. :]

Thanksgiving part 1

24 Nov

I want to write about Thanksgiving here in Japan.

This is going to have to be a two-part blog.

First, I want to talk about having Thanksgiving with my students. No, it wasn’t a massive meal of: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, or even cranberry sauce, it was curry.

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I had such a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving with my students.

Part 2 is about all of the American’s getting together for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal of 150 people! Stay tuned.

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