Please Get Off!
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Walking to the South Gate and the Drum Tower, to see them in the daylight we also had a look at the Muslim district to see the food and goods markets
Now after 2 hours passed and the arrival clock didn't change our train got delayed a further 3 hours. We cracked out the beer and pistachios for dinner and kicked back in the "hot spot" before some crazy rail worker asked us to move. Well we think she asked us to move. Who knows? We moved.
When the train arrived we had to wait on the platform for them to unlock the doors. With the lights continually going out we figured this was one sick train that may not get there. Speaking of sick, we swapped our hard sleeper beds with one sick looking girl. She had a bandage around her head and with sign signals we swapped with her mother and father so they could be closer to her during the voyage. Rick had the best bunk, being above a guy that had swallowed a beaver and was trying to choke it back up all night. He now sits in a close number 2 on Rick's list of The World's Top 10 Snorers.
Finally arriving in Beijing we got a taxi driver that had no idea. Initially he tried to drop us off at a Police station somewhere in the back blocks, but finally we got him to drop us at Tiananmen Square. When he finally stopped we only gave him part of the fare, as he drove us around for half an hour and had to stop 3 times to ask locals for directions
Finally we managed to find an Internet café where they had about 200 computers all using the Chinese version of Windows. Luckily we got online and managed to wish Jim a Happy 51st Birthday. With our booked hour up the PC automatically shut time. We took this as a sign to head back to the hostel and get some sleep.