Last time, I promised to give you all a photo-filled entry of sorts once my body realized I was back in the United States – but I still fall asleep during the day & stay up until 5 o’clock. So! What better to do until then than to fill this place up with China.
After catching up on sleep and adjusting a little bit, one of the first things we did was take a bicycle ride through a nearby hutong – which is essentially a little village of alleyways with shops and produce tables set up. They had everything from live chickens and tennis shoes to home cooked food and slabs of meat. However, in order to get to all of that, you had to pass through a couple of alleyways full of trash that lined the sides of the roads. As you could imagine, it smelled lovely.
We also dropped by the car wash that day. And as silly as that may sound (since it sounded that way to our hosts every time I mentioned it), I thought it was great. For one thing, it only cost ¥15 to hand wash the inside and outside – making it a little over $2. Plus, it looked like this:
Our next major stop was Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. ..which is where I will pick up for Part II of the China adventure.
Check back in the next few days for the rest of the trip. After all, who would want to read about an entire two weeks in one sitting? ;]