Day 2 in Beijing – Part 2

Right now it’s Thursday November 6th, about 8:26PM in Beijing.  It’s been a long day.  But a really really good one…  The best part about today was meeting Anne.  We’ll see, but I think it may be one of the highlights of the trip.  🙂

But we also did some other things today…  It was our first breakfast at the Novotel Peace Hotel here in Beijing… and we were all happy to find some good stuff!  Waffles, croissants, eggs…even bacon!  I mean it’s no Perkins, but hey I for one was pleasantly surprised.  Breakfast definitely set the good tone for the rest of the day.  🙂  After breakfast we met our guide for the day, Angela, in the parking lot of our hotel.  She arranged a driver for us, and we climbed into a 14 passenger van and made our way to the Peace House.  After a great time there, we headed for lunch…

It was really cool to eat lunch at Big Bowl–an authentic Chinese restaurant.  Aside from 3 guys behind us who were smoking the whole meal, it was a great experience all the way around (and the smoke wasn’t that big of a deal).  Angela took our temperature with regard to what we like, how much spice we could handle, etc…  and proceeded to order a good number of dishes.  Some sort of chicken with peanuts, this spicy beef, another non-spicy beef with amazing flavor, fried rice, white rice, some type of pork again with great flavor… The food kept coming…each dish one at a time.  Jenny and I had some Jasmine tea which was great…  We also shared some Coke and Sprite with the meal, which for some reason seemed to taste better here in China than in the US (though I imagine that’s not actually true, probably more that I was just happy to have some soda with my meal!!).

After lunch we went to Temple of Heaven…   Beautiful park-like grounds, old buildings, cool architecture, and many locals just enjoying a clear November day made this a great way to spend time outside in Beijing.  It was especially fun to see many older people just enjoying themselves playing cards, dancing, etc.  We even saw one older lady jamming on a Pearl 5 piece drum set…  pretty cool!  🙂

After Temple of Heaven we went to Carrefour which apparently is like a Walmart that is huge in Europe and Asia.  We picked up some formula for Anne (caretakers told us exactly what she eats), some more bottled water, and then headed back to our hotel…  Tonight we just took it easy…   it was actually a pretty tiring day, so we were happy to stay in the hotel room with a simple meal and some TV.  🙂

Here are a few pics of the day…

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One comment on “Day 2 in Beijing – Part 2
  1. Jeanine says:

    Thanks for sharing and it is nice to hear your point of view as well
    in this journey! Praise the Lord!

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