August 13, 2016

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that once again things did not go as planned. Instead of a trip to the mountains, I spent two weeks sick with this cold/flu/smog allergy something or other. On the plus side, our landlords did buy us a new fridge. I also finished up my summer camp classes with these goofballs:

Whose idea was it to let 9 5-year-olds build volcanoes? ….Oh wait, that would be me.

IMG_3955Also explored some new areas around Beijing:

Yes, those are fish in a phone booth…

I went to Qianmen with some friends, Cami and Wendy, to see the new Madame Tussaud’s wax museum that just opened. Fortunately, Cami has a friend working there that got us free tickets too, because it’s a little pricey:


Also, Jessica’s brother Trevor is visiting for a couple weeks so I’ve been tagging along with them and seeing all the touristy sights: Wangfujing Street, Chaoyang Park, The Place, the Friends cafe:






Tuesday we went out for Beijing roast duck, always delicious, and a lot of fun:


We checked out TianYi Market which is bizarre on the outside and huge on the inside. You can find anything and everything here, and most things at wholesale prices. Pretty awesome for broke teachers…


Fang Cao Di mall has some of the most bizarre sculptures in the city. And across the street is Shi Mao Tian Jie, or The Place, which has the biggest overhead LCD screen. It stretches across a full city block.

And last, we went to Shuangjing/Baiziwan art street which I hadn’t seen at all. Lots of cool pieces here, plus a bar with an archery range. Because mixing booze and sharp objects is always a good idea-

IMG_3958I’ve had the last month off from the Art Institute but this week it’s back to the grind: Nutrition (because apparently I’m short a science credit, and Theory and Practice of Interactive System Design, which is every bit as much fun as it sounds. And my new preschool class starts Monday. So instead of doing homework or planning lessons, I decided to hole up in my favorite coffee shop and put this post together. You’re welcome 😀


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