Jigga she nigga!

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

So we have a new saying:

"Jigga she nigga".  It means, "This is yours".  Gotta a nice ring to it.  So don't be surprised if you hear us saying it even in Vancouver.

Still had to dodge spit and snot in Beijing, but it was cleaner, and we even saw BLUE SKY.  Yes folks, there is real blue sky in Beijing.  We had seen so little of it in Hengyang and Changsha due to the incredible amounts of pollution there, that we were taken aback the first day we were in Beijing and saw it.

We liked Beijing for the most part.  Tons to see and do, great family, made friends (shout out to Chozie!), and it was a bit easier to get around.

Funny fact about Beijing:  The government exercised its enormous power by actually running a cultural program to teach everyone not to do things like spit, pick their noses, pull of their shirts over their bellies, etc. before the Olympics arrived.  Good thing is, it sort of worked even post-Olympics.  Sort of.  I'm telling you - some of those nose pickers look like they're mining for gold.  Couldn't believe it every time I saw it.

Onto to better things.  I think I've already made my point about what I disliked in China.

The Great Wall really was great.  We walked along a less touristy portion, but avoided the serious hikes on the "wild" portions of the wall, mostly due to my bum knee and the icy conditions.  We even did the obligatory luge down the hill that was lame for me because of a slow poke ahead of me, but pretty fast for Adrian.

Partying on our last night with Chozie knocked us on our butts.  We stumbled onto our plane the next day for our 17+ hours of flying to Cape Town, but managed to get there in one piece - barely.

Seeing our cousins, Peikwen and Shanti, and being able to stay in a comfy apartment, especially while I had a nasty cold, was particularly lovely.  The real comforts of being in a home are so restorative for us.  Doesn't matter that the government hadn't turned on the heat for the neighbourhood until AFTER it started snowing while we were there.  And no, it was not a low class neighbourhood either.

And I have to mention the BEST PEKING (Beijing) DUCK EVER!  It was at Da Dong Restaurant, where the three of us had an entire table for eight.  It was pretty funny.  We also had an entire duck to ourselves too, on top of several other dishes.  Having foodie cousins did not help our waistlines at all.

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