We left for Beijing on August 2nd (we missed our flight on the 1st because of a whole crazy situation with my Visa, to sum it up, it was a nightmare!) Here’s a picture of Nick on the plane
Once we landed and got out of the airport it was HOT. I was really nervous and timid about everything. I felt so nervous to meet people from my school and to be in Beijing. It was happening! After we loaded into the van we were taken to our hotel to rest up and get ready to hit the ground running.
^This is the hotel where we stayed for about a week.^ In Wangjing, the staff are really nice, the rooms are very clean, and they have a little restaurant right in the lobby! I would recommend it to anyone who comes to Beijing!
The next morning we went to Element Fresh, a western restaurant in Lido. There are a bunch of them around Beijing. They are clean, the food is decent and the menu is in English. Oh and I believe it was nicely air conditioned as well! Key for the hot hot summers in Beijing!
We spent the rest of the morning walking around the little area of Lido, enjoying the weather and feeling like foreigners.
The afternoon was spent looking around at all the various apartments that were available near my school. A real pain in the butt and overwhelming experience. Housing in Beijing is crazy expensive… and I don’t mean it’s expensive compared to Alfred’s rent standards (which are crazy inexpensive!) I mean these little tiny apartments were going anywhere from 5,500 RMB (roughly $800USD) to 6,000 RMB (roughly $1,000) !!!!!
These are just a few pictures of the apartments that we looked at. We must have looked at 10 over the course of 3 or 4 days!
Before we arrived in Beijing a friend of ours who lives here invited us to his wedding. We were very happy to oblige and I am so glad that we did. It was a wonderful experience! The groom had sent us his brother who gave us a ride to where the wedding was going to take place. (About 2 hours outside of Beijing, I forget the name of the town.) We were greeted by the bride and her sister who then took us to our room. (it was the fanciest and nicest hotel room I have stayed in!) We were then told to relax and rest up and to be ready by 7 to go to dinner and a show with the brides family.
Here we are in the “magic van” on our way to dinner.
Blurry, but another view of the van….
A follow up post entirely about the wedding next!