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Sleepless in Beijing

It was time for my three day weekend again, so on Friday night, I took a train to Beijing to see Ranald and the Forbidden Palace. I set up my couchsurfing host, but apparently bought my ticket too late. Even though I was five days early, there were no sleeper cars left. I wasn't about to change all my plans, so I reluctantly bought a seat for the overnight trip.

Every Friday there are English lectures, so I went to see Charles talk about the history of English. He finished his talk early, and if I took the bus to the train station, I'd be bored, so I just walked. I had a peppy podcast episode of Podrunner, designed for speed walking. That meant I shaved off about 30 minutes from my usual 1.5 hour walking time. I celebrated with a beer and my favourite pre-train snack: spicy bean, lotus and peanut salad.

I finished my snack just in time and sat beside some very excited people who chatted me up for a few hours until they got to their stop. The rest of the time I was drifting in and out of consciousness until I got to Beijing.

Beans, lotus root, peanuts and eega pijiu

Beans, lotus root, peanuts and eega pijiu

Beans, lotus root, peanuts and pijiu

Beans, lotus root, peanuts and pijiu

Posted by baixing 17:00 Archived in China

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