Tuesday, June 29, 2010


PiB is killing me.
In the mean time, enjoy these pictures.

This is the bathroom of a hole-in-the-wall bar we visited on Saturday

This is my "gym."

I made it myself :)

Aren't I resourceful?
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Today I am a Smoker

There was an article in the New York Times that said living one day in Beijing is equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes. If you exercise outside, thats about 60 cigarettes.

Yesterday I played soccer outside with some fellow PiBers. I found that for the rest of the day I could not breathe deeply without spewing out a horrible hacking cough. I guess this is what the nicotine life is like. Kids, listen to your mamas, don't smoke and stay in school

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Friday, June 25, 2010

I'm here.

After seven weeks of butt-crunchingly chaotic (but pleasurable :)) adventures in Korea, I've finally arrived in Beijing for what is supposed to be my crowning achievement this summer.

As of this moment I've been in Beijing for a little under 24 hours but I've already had multiple adventures attempting to use my broken Chinese. I've managed to acquire a few of the necessities I left behind, namely shampoo and conditioner, at what I hope is a reasonable price. Oh and I've also purchased a cell phone for 180 Yuan which is approximately $26.50. Interestingly, you're allowed to pick your own cell number and the price of the number varies depending on what numbers are in your number. Comprende? Just kidding. Apparently in China a number with a lot of 4s is bad and denotes lower social status. The Chinese word for 4 sounds awfully similar to the Chinese word for death. From looking at the numbers I've determined that 3 is a lucky number here. I'm not sure about the others.

Also, another piece of social commentary - the International Terminal in Beijing Airport also accepts flights from HK, Macao, and Taiwan, however instead of just saying "International Terminal" they have "Intl&HK/Macao/Taiwan Terminal." Interesting interesting...

Well that's all for now folks!

My Room. I have a roommate. Her name is Ewon. I'm not sure about the spelling.

My Second Meal in China. The big dish is Lajiding (Spicy fried chicken). They use every part of the chicken.

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