16.03.2011 - 19.03.2011 12 °C
So we made it to Beijing. We have also found a rather wonderful veggie restaurant just down the road from our hostel. I am so happy. Its got like 70 choices and features the Chinese equivalent of Quorn. Also they do dessert and smoothies.
Laura and I departed Athens the day before the general strike took place. In the past these strikes have grounded all flights out of Athens airport. The trip from Athens to Beijing went via Moscow. Moscow is not a happy place. Unlike Beijing it does not cater for vegetarians. But so what if my only choice of food there was “cheese” pizza (this is actually how it was described on the menu). So what if Chess nearly didn't make it onto the aeroplane from Russia to China? She did make it and it was the same flight as Laura and I were on. . So what if her bag wasn't quite as lucky? We got it the next day. (Note for you all: if you do not want to cause your friends undo amounts of stress do not book a flight on a Russian aeroplane through LateMinute.com. Said plane will not exist. You will have to leg it through 2 terminals of Moscow airport to make it to the last flight to China that day. Your bag will not get put on the plane because 40 minutes is not enough time to achieve this. You have been warned).
We are however, all here, all in one piece and now we all gave luggage. We also had tea today. You may think you know how to make tea. You are wrong. Tea involves many, many different steps and use of jugs, strainers, bowls and kettles, wooden saucers, cups and prongs. It is not a simple process. We know this now. It was good tea though. We also went around the shops and the market. We found the equivalent of Starbucks or Costa Coffee. It is called the Happy Lemon. Its a wonderful place. It has the best coffee since Italy.
We join our tour group on Monday and will be going to the Wall and the temples with them. Tomorrow we may pop down to the other shopping centre in Beijing and perhaps the Bird's Nest stadium. Who knows?
Oh and the hostel we are staying in has the cutest dog ever. He is called QQ and is totally rabies free. I have learnt to say “Hello” and what is either “ok” or “thank you” in Mandarin. I am going to have to clarify that with the tour guide.
I have posted up some more pictures from Pompei, Napels and Athens for you all. More from China will follow.
Oh and Facebook does not exist in China (there are no servers we think as it never loads). Does anyone know if Jessica has had Ethan yet?
Bye for now x