bye bye friends
so sad, we have got to know our traveling companions like a family during thers last 3 weeks. all will be going their seperate ways, 2 to australia, 1 back to england and the rest of us in various directions. one couple have been traveling for 2 years, makes us look feeble! fond farewell friends! till we meet again..
taking a taxi to our backpackers hostel (cost all of £4) cheap and safer than mongolia! took us about 1/2 hr to get here. super place, couldnt have chosen better for possition to everything. have been able to walk to lots of the sights. the metro is quick, safe and very cheap (20p per journey). have been to the silk market - an experience in itself- dont go if you dont like bartering and being help prisioner by the stall holders until you buy something!!!!!!!!
we did buy another camera! oops! no this one is a novelty toy at least thats what i call it. it is a 'key ring micro camera' as the name suggests it is small, but will take videos and still pictures cheap at the price! easily reached by metro is the olympic park. inside the birdsnest you are entertained by high wire acts, shows and football!
notes of interest in beijing; a pint in the backpackers cost £1. in the city centre outdoor 'bar' areas (its in the 90s here) it costs all of £1.50 pint. from any local 'shop' (if you can call them that!) its 40p-but you always ask for a cold one if they do it. we stoped ar one of these one hot and dusty afternoon to refresh ourselves, the kind lady brought them out and opened them, but no glasses. luckily we had plastic ones in our bag, so a couple of hours passed just watching the world go by. busses are interesting- just how many chinese can you fit onto 1 bus?!!!!!!!!!!!!!
brings back memories of the mongolian bus ride!- ever played 'sardines'?..
a meal tonight costs ua all of £4 each. rows of uncooked food came along (like sushi bars) to which you helped yourselk and cooked it yourself in a little heated bowl of 'soup' all you could eat for as long as you wanted, plus fruit and soft drinks in abundance! yes this is definately turning into rose and mikes great food adventure!!!!!!!