Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 22

Today we were able to wake up a little later, I woke at 6:00, typed some things and then the girls woke about 7:00. We went for breakfast at the hotel and then went back to the room to pack yet again. We managed to get everything in our suitcases and day-packs and at 10:00, Sean picked us up to take us to the train station. Our train left at 11:05 for Beijing and will take 4 hours. It's amazing because this train journey used to take 12-15 hours and would never be done as a regular commuter train trip. Now, with the high speed rail, a train leaves for Beijing every half hour or so, and sometimes even more often. The trains are usually full. At one point, I could even get internet and had a small skype chat with my parents! As I am typing this, Laina is entertaining herself on the ipad and Min is reading a Roald Dahl book. I have spent much of the time updating my blog things, getting ready to post another update.

When we got to Beijing, we took a taxi to our little hotel, a Hutong courtyard style hotel which is very homey and quaint. It's a hostel, so there are many foreign tourists, backpacker types who come through here and the hosts speak good English. We got settled in and then we set out on the subway to meet Renwei and Xiaoyuan for dinner at 6:30. We had some amazing food, yet again! Then, back to the hotel for bed.

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