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Another overcast day in Beijing. My mom and I left the apartment at 8 am to take the bus. At the bus stop, I saw a streetside food vendor selling 鸡蛋灌饼. It’s like a flatbread filled with an egg cooked on a large pan, then they wrap sauce and lettuce in it :D It is so delicious and I have not had one in AGES. So I got one. And it only cost 1.50 RMB (about 25 cents).
After my second breakfast, we took the bus, which was very very crowded (I almost did not get on), and transferred to the subway, which was even more crowded since it was still the morning rush. We had to wait for the third train to get on, and by get on I mean thrust through the doors as soon as they opened by the crowd pushing behind. And before I could even get my step steady all the seats on the car were already filled with people. Sigh. But otherwise, the subway system in Beijing is far cleaner and more modernized than the one in NYC. The cars are air conditioned, they have flat screen TV’s in them, and there are no rats or cockroaches in the tracks.
About an hour later, we arrived at the Olympic Sports Center :D
The National Stadium, aka the Bird’s Nest
The National Aquatic Center, aka the Water Cube. I will come back to this place later in my trip at night because it lights up and it’s really pretty.
The National Indoor Stadium
Then we got tickets to go inside the Bird’s Nest.
It must have bee really amazing to have watched the Games in there, it’s a pretty epic place :)
For lunch we stopped by another outdoor food place for some 凉皮, or cold rice noodles with spicy vinegar and garlic sauce and cucumbers and a kind of gluten thing (I honestly don’t know what it’s called in English). It was also something I’ve been craving for a while and it was so yummy.
Later in the afternoon we went to a mall near the apartment. Though I call it a mall it’s really nothing like the western version of it. Each floor has its own category of goods (like shoes, women’s clothing, appliances, etc.) and vendors set up their own little booth. It’s shopping heaven. But unfortunately I did not buy anything (except for some flip flops; I’ve been destroying shoes lately) because I’m doing a lot more travelling later on and all the shopping will be left for later. Must. Resist. Temptation. TO BUY!
Tomorrow it’s off to the airport again for my flight to Chongqing. New adventures await!
PS: Something odd has been happening. I’ve constantly been hearing one of my favourite soundtracks (Amélie) playing. As the music to some documentary TV program. On the subway. What even more strange is that I’m probably the only person who knows where the music is from. I kind of like it that way :)
I just felt tall for the first time in a lonnnnnng while.
I was in an elevator full of Chinese people :D
In other news, I got up at 6 am this morning, out of mt own free will. I guess I’m still a little jet-lagged after all. Halfway through the night my mom insisted on turning off the AC and opening the window :( It is freakishly hot and humid here and I’ve been sweating buckets the whole time and apparently the weather lately has been relatively cool (33 degrees Celsius today).
Ok, onto more travel-y stuff. Today was my first full day in Beijing, a hazy, cloudy, misty day. In the morning I went out for a bit with my mom. Just around the neighbourhood, nothing big. There was this sandalwood museum nearby so we went to take a look. Decided not to go in after discovering the admission was 50 RMB (about 7 USD or 8 CAD.. yes I know it doesn’t seem like very much but for a little museum of sandalwood furniture it’s not worth it). So we just took some pictures outside of it.
The entrance to the museum.
Me and a lion!
Then we went to a nearby park where they had a lake and street lamps with solar panels on top and lots of little pagodas with people playing Chinese chess or playing their erhu or singing revolutionary songs in choir.
Then we went to this commercial street lined with shops and I got a t-shirt for 2 RMB. That’s about 30 cents. Yep. Gotta love it.
In non-travel news, we are still being followed by the quarantine people. Oh yes. We got a mysterious phone call today from the local hospital. Turns out they’re sending a couple of nurses to our place to check our temperature and give us some stuff. So promptly at 2 in the afternoon, 2 nurses (in masks, of course) showed up at our door and handed out 2 thermometers, 20 masks, and a bottle of hand sanitizer. And a notice that began with “Welcome back to the motherland! It must be nice to be with family and friends again. However…” followed by the scary swine flu stuff. My mom and I are both feeling fine.
Torrential downpour just now, which cleared out the air a bit and made it a bit cooler. Tomorrow I’m going to visit some of the Olympic venues (the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube). I’m super excited even though I am a year too late :)
PS: My dad saw the total solar eclipse. His city is one of the best viewing sites in the country. And he didn’t even take pictures :(