Wednesday, June 06, 2001 8:58 PM
i am in another internet cafe in beijing. this one
is very large and very nice. air conditioned, although
still lots of smokers. this trip has been fantastic.
the mornings we attend lectures, one hour given by the
americans and one by the chinese. then, the afternoon
are sightseeing and shopping. yesterday, we went to
behai park and it was wonderful.
we are staying in a 2 star hotel in the north east
of beijing. two stars, as compared to the expensive
business traveller hotels in downtown that have the
hard rock cafe's, tgi friday's and kfc restaurants!
i'll take my 2 star hotel, any day. one morning, a few
ladies and i went out running near the hotel. instead
of going towards the main road, we went the opposite
way. we ran into a small village by the lake. the
contrast was so great. very traditional village.
families living in houses, but also selling breakfast
out front. again, the contrast here is great because
there are so much changes!!
this afternoon, we are going to the silk market. i
have hardly bought anything, as i am waiting for this
market and also for shops in chengdu and xi'an at the
second part of the trip.
we leave for chengdu on monday. i have been chosen
to make a speech on behalf of the american students at
the university upon our arrival. kind of nervous!!
we are going to tian'anmen square tomorrow. great
wall the next day. the summer palace, the lama
temple!! so much to do.
the group is really great. we are all getting along
and it is really fun.
well, again, i don't know if i will have another
chance to get to a cyber cafe, but i miss you all and
love you all.
hope all is well!