Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





Climbing the great wall

A "secret" and unrestored part of the wall.

The highlight of our stay in Beijing was definitely climbing the Great Wall because our hostel offered tours to a "secret" part of it where we were literally the only people there. We hiked uphill to an unrestored part with overgrown bushes and loose rocks--the view was stunning.

The loose rocks made climbing a bit tricky.

Mountains surrounded us and the strangest looking bugs were the only other life to be seen for miles. 12 kilometers later, we found ourselves at the bottom of the mountain region in a local village that fed us vegetarian Chinese food like chili noodles and peanuts, steamed rice, salted bean sprouts, and sauteed green peppers in a garlic sauce. That was the best closure for us since that was our last day in Beijing. That night, Selena and I checked out of our hostel and split ways: Selena took the train to Shanghai (she'll be flying back home to Scotland from there) and I took the train to Tianjin, another large city just outside of Beijing. It was strange to say goodbye to Selena and the other backpackers we met in our hostel. Selena made an ace travel buddy and we made an easygoing, up-for-anything, combo. The other backpackers were some of the funniest people we've ever met. There was Jess, a Welsh chic with Guatamalean and Arabic descent who had got in a fight with a girl in Tokyo (Harajuku) who had a mannequin attached to her outfit. There was Daniel from Sweden who smoked his way through South America. There was Alex from Ghana who was stalked by random Chinese people who wanted to take his picture.

The Beijing crew. Top: Selena, Alexander, Jess, Erin, Richard, Nicole, Nicole. Bottom row: me, Jeremy, Alex, Camille

We did all the touristy stuff in Beijing. The Forbidden City, Tiannamen Square, market shopping and of course the Great Wall.

The Forbidden City
Tiannamen Square

So, this is where I am now, Tianjin, the place where my friend Jamie is a student at the FSU study abroad program. I've got to meet most of her friends here, and it's been a nice reintroduction to Floridians, especially crazy college kids. :0) We'll be here for a few more days until we decide on a new town to travel to. More on that later.
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