Adventures in China

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Blank, BBQ, Spring, Happy

I finally have some time to sit and write in my little blog. But as I sit and ponder I realize that my mind is blank. Now this is nothing new, only that when I write I usually have some kind of stream of words that just flow out of my head which I try to organize to the best of my powers so that normal mortal people can understand me. Maybe it is the beer that might still be in my system, or the 500kg lunch I had moments ago, or the tiredness that comes from staying up too late. And now someone asks me to go eat dinner and they will treat me. How can I refuse free food? I will continue this post when inspiration has once again returned to me.

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Filed under beijing Tsinghua travel Happy Valley Chinese BBQ Shopping Silk Market

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Heavenly, Zoo, Olympic, Pearl

A month. A month has soon already passed and it feels like time has gone so fast yet I have so many new memories that I can’t understand how I managed to squeeze in all the activities that I did. I have visited many of Beijing’s famous attractions and there is so much still. Especially now when the weather is turning for the better, 16 degrees Celsius, sunshine and good company has made this last weekend a time to remember. My feet will definitely remember it as I have been walking almost non-stop.

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Observer, Turtle, Meat, Games

My name is Observer. I see the gestures and hear the words that compose the interaction between human beings, the interactions that makes these beings feel part of an event and, if performed correctly, resulting in a pleasant and enjoyable evening. It can be quite interesting observing how people choose to be in front of others and in turn how others choose to react. This may be my way of trying to be cool about being surrounded by Chinese people and not speaking the language, forcing me to be the Observer. I have nothing against it since I can focus on eating, something I prefer to do anyway.

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Internetless, Home, Bet, Sister

First of all I have to say that I have been hamstringed! Apparently there is a limit to the internet usage in the school and I reached my monthly rate in one week. This, sadly, happened sometime last Friday and my internet has been down all weekend. So in case I have been unreachable I blame my desire for streaming music and keeping up with my favorite TV-shows. I am writing this as I am internetless, if that is a word, and hoping to publish this text early Monday morning after I fix it. But now to other events of the weekend.

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Lonely, Disappointment, Tradition, Price

The other day I was showing my friend and fellow colleague the fruits of my previous exploring. While doing that I discovered something unexpected. The lonely woman from the lake was there again! Alone! Aaaah, what should the gentleman my mother wishes I was do? I have no idea but I decided I might be able to make some money out of it. So I made a bet with my newly informed companion in crime and work (mostly work) that she would be there the next day too. And she wasn’t. That was a total waste of one Yuan.

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Blue, Fear, Routine, Explore

Today the first thing that was different was the clear (almost) blue sky. Albeit not as good as Sweden’s deep blue sky it was a nice welcoming view to wake up to. The past few days have always been grey and dull which, to be honest, takes the overall impression of Beijing down a notch. Sometimes you can’t see where the smoke from the industrial chimneys end and the sky begins. Not to say that Beijing is dull or boring, far from it. However if everyday was like today it would be so much better.

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Planning, Independence, FOOD!, Euphoria

Here I am again, pondering on the events of the day while gulping down Ahlgrens bilar. It’s funny how a planned day of planning doesn’t go as planned. Thinking that it would be good knowing how to move around Beijing and reaching different attractions I set out to make my own small guide.

It made me realize how much being in Beijing makes me feel like a child.

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Work, Cheap, Encumbered, Rest

A lot has happened the last one or two days. This day started like many others, the sun rises, alarm clocks ring, people annoyingly put them on snooze and I’m late. Some things never change no matter where you are. Well, except the alarm clock thing, many places don’t have that. Anyway, this was apparently the day I was going to meet my supervising professor. Work was at hand, I could feel it! However, unlike my usual view of all things apart from sleeping, I was looking forward to it; And with good reason it would be revealed. I got my own office! And a bike! Not often that happens in the same day. Well, a corner of an office really, much like the cubicles seen in oh so many American shows. And the bike wasn’t mine, just borrowed for the next three months. Still, it felt good.

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Excitement, Astonishment, Anticipation, Gargantuan

It was long ago I was excited and nervous like this about an event; My flight date. Short Sleep (mostly because I was previously stuffing myself in Malmö eating cheap IKEA food, wienersemlor and thai food) and Early Morning have never been my good friends, though they have their good moments. This was one of them. Roaming the streets of Sweden in the early morning air and the faint sunshine is hard to beat, especially as it will be my last moment in Sweden for a long time.

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