Our first lookey-likey of the trip - Smash!!!

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Tiananmen Sunrise Hostel

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Decided that as we only had two more days left here we better pull our fingers out and get some jobs done (a terrible reminder from home for Andrew).  We spent the morning doing post office trips (we can now after what seems like an age send our thermals home!!!  Yeah bring on the sunshiiiine).  It cost us 20 pounds to send a tiny box home that will take 3-4 months.  Andrew has hit the roof.  Then we had to find the bank and face up to the horrible fact that weve smashed the budget like a giant tsunami every single day so far!!! (Hows that Vic, do you like my work).  Then decided that we really ought to get back to sightseeing as we have nearly done almost all of the apparent must see things, todays little venture was the Temple of Heaven.  The temple is where the Ming and Quing dynastys sacrificed some stuff and prayed for a good harvest.  Oh and the temple is constructed of wood and they didnt use any nails (quite surprised that they had 'no more nails' back then - but hey they were writing history!!!)

Another massive sight, just when you think we should be doing less and less we are still spending 6 - 8 hours a day walking. We are getting absolutely knackered and the aches and pains in the legs just are not going anymore. Bring on some beaches and relaxation. Oh yes those are still weeks away.

The temples and parks were again fascinating and as always the chinese POI information points are mainly factual and of very little interesting detail. This has been a consistant feature. "This temple is x m wide by x metres high and was built in 1345 in the Ming Dynsasty, the temple the burnt down and rebuilt in the Quing Dynasty at  1576" It says this at every single Point of Interest (POI) so we can practically guess what each one says by now and we now compose our own.

More hilariously was our stalking of the Beijing Fonejacker trying to get good pictures we enclose our favourite, Lady E in hysterics as he appeared behind her. If you choose to stick with us on the blog you will probably see that the lookalike game is one of our favourites and has us constantly in stiches. We do not however know many famous Asian people so perhaps the lookalike game will be a bit slow
on this leg of the trip.

As we leave China tomorrow it looks like we will not be able to meet the Shifflets who we met in St Petersburg and had hoped to meet for a knees up when when we reached 'the other side of the world'. They too did the Trans Mongolian for their sins.  Enjoy the remainder of your trip guys.

For the first time today I nearly lost Lady E. We were as normal discussing where we meet if we get split up and lost and Erica suggested she needed her own slush fund 'just in case we get split up' (sounds like a ruse to buy the Ashtray to me). The tram arrived and it was so busy we couldnt get on. I saw a gap 2 carriages up and told Erica to run. Obviously my cat like reflexes left Erica standing, she got trapped in the platform door (on some lines in beijing they have an internal door to the train and a door at the platform to stop latecomers). She screamed I grabbed her and tried to pull her in then the internal door shut and cut us off. I thought my plan had finally worked, however feeling a little sorry for her I got off at the next stop and found her carriage. We were reunited, much to neither of our pleasure. Note for diary give Lady E 20p to make sure she can get home next time I get the opportunity to spend a day on my own. Only kidding everyone we are still getting along great (well I think so Erica called me a big fat winging waster yesterday so she may not agree).

The only thing we have 'stolen' so far was a bus ride in St Petersburg today we tried to sneak into the temple down a side entrance and got caught. We had seen a few chinese people manage this but we do stand out like sore thumbs.  We shall try again, the budget is forcing us in to petty crime and we are only 3 weeks in...see you in jail (I have no means to meet bail as Andrew is denying me an allowance).

We visited the night market just round the corner from our hostel again, this time with camera in hand.  Anything you probably wouldn't want to eat - on a stick.  Cockroaches, snakes, octopus, sea urchins, starfish etc - yummy!  Got some good snaps.  We chose to eat in the hostel tonight - Andrew has Chinese food lash, lets just say that he is loose and the rest of the hostel know it...

BRING ON INDIA............................................ 

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Lady E Appreciation Society on

We at the Lady E Appreciation Society would like to voice our displeasure at The Lady not being allowed a slush allowance by The Bearded One. We are starting a petition to get this overturned. We will be presenting this to you in the next few weeks.

Regards,
LEAS

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