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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stuck in Beijing

Hey everyone!
So, in case you haven't heard, I am NOT back in the States yet. Right now I am stuck in Beijing, courtesy of Air China.

I booked a ticket for an 11:30am flight from Lanzhou to Beijing, but when I arrived at the airport in Lanzhou at 10am, I was told that the flight time had been changed to 10:35am and was boarding and that I could not get on the plane! So I got a free flight change to Beijing, and I had to do some negotiating with Asiana Airlines to arrange another flight, but the first available wasn't until September 6th, so that is my new homecoming date.

I am staying in a place called Yong Tai Xiao Qu 永泰小区, which is very nice, and pretty convenient. There are lots of restaurants and an internet bar and markets, but the catch is no foreigners and no English speakers. I guess it's a good thing, because I'm studying Chinese here and it's the perfect opportunity, but I really miss speaking English. I've been speaking Chinese all day every day since I got here on August 20th.

It's nice, though, to be back here. I can go to the rest of the tourist sites I didn't get to visit last time I was here. I still have to go to the Summer Palace and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum (did I spell it right?), then I'll be done with the major sites! It's also a good time to sit down and reflect about my trip in China - I've decided I want to write a kind of cultural guide book or something like that based on my experiences here. I've got like 40 something pages done, so I'm on my way!

Chairman Mao's Mausoleum - click to enlarge:

Anyway, the money on this netbar computer is almost out, so I gotta go, bye!

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