The OK Wall and go karting..Beijing

Trip Start Jul 15, 2010
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Sunrise Hostel

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Before the sparrows had a chance to start farting there was loud banging on my bedroom door, wake up call achieved.

My bacon and eggs and strong black coffee, waiting on the table as I walked into the bar of the hostel. I scoffed it down as quick as I could 'cause I was running a little late, it may or may not have taken them more than one wake up call to get me out of bed. As I stuffed the last mouthful in my tour guide walked through the door and walked me back to where the bus was parked, put on my most enthusiastic good morning for Tim and Roni then slouched back in chair for the couple of hours it was out to the wall.

I don't know what to write about it really, it’s a bunch of bricks stacked vertically with a walkway in the middle, used to prevent something coming in or something going out, it was in fact for me just a remarkable statement of the labour force China holds. It was nice to walk to a watch tower and gaze out as the bricked barrier snaked its way through the mountain side, but as opposed to the natural wonders I’d seen on this trip it wasn’t really awe inspiring or as dramatically climatic as most people sound it out to be. Ronit, Tim and I took the short work as we were all pretty much over it once we got there but from all reports it pretty much just looks like a wall from any direction. By far the best part of the day was a blistering pace toboggan they’ve set up for the way down, blistering pace until you catch up to the driver in front you, Chinese women, they can’t even drive a cart on rails properly.

We all strolled down the road for a semi banquet lunch of Chinese deliciousness, it was then I realised what so many have, international cuisine is much tastier when it’s at home. Had a few beers over lunch then started to plan the evening, thought we’d head out to somewhere a little more culture filled than Hooters and then try and get a lake Shuggy had told me about to grab some grub. Tim and Roni were taking off to Shanghai the next day so we had to head out somewhere fun. We spent a couple of hours back at the hostel while Roni went off for her daily footrub and Tim and I did our best to take advantage of low cost corner store beer before we took off on the town. Turns out we’d stumble upon the street Shuggy to me to lunch at earlier in the week and had slyly mentioned an Australian bar down the road. Being the fact I don’t spend much time in my country of origin it would be remiss of me not to soak up the culture when I can. VB, Coopers, James Boags, all the Australian delicacies served as a perfect amouse bouche before we stumbled down the street to tuck in.

A little heavier on my feet as we left and a little heavier in my heart as I had to say goodbye to two great new friends, it would have been a completely different experience through Tibet and in Beijing had it not been for Tim and Roni, so a big thank you to you guys if you’re reading.

Fortunately for me after the night of heavy drinking (where I’d even responsibly pulled myself up before the end of the night) was the day long birthday bash for Shuggy’s mate. First stop go karting, it was great to hang out with a good group of people, then again always the social bandit I wasn’t surprised he’d stolen the best crew from around Beijing to band together a great set for a good day out. I think the hair raising riding around India and Nepal helped me out a little and I managed to pull second best time of the day, we didn’t end up leaving go-karting ‘til around 6.00 pm so taxi’d to the restaurant for some beautiful Greek food and more good company, unfortunately the birthday boy fell ill at some stage over dinner so he was out for the count but a few of hours whittled away the hours in some of Beijing’s more upscale clubs before winding down the night in an almost penthouse suite over looking the city.

That was the end of my Beijing experience, thanks Shuggy for an amazing time, good to see ya and hopefully one day I’ll be situated somewhere long enough to return the favour.

Oh yeah I also got my camera, ipod and computer fixed here so that’s why everything has been written retrospectively without many photos. Things I’ll start to change now
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