Oh. And these guys too.
We journeyed on the train to the Great Wall.
Thank you for our morning ritual.
Also, in keeping with the anime culture, Milo will be airbrushing his skin and making his eyes doe-sized in all his photos.
Your blogging software is terrible. I would love to keep posting but you no longer allow me to attach photos to my posts.
We went to a tiny cafe with a roof deck and the best milkshake ever!!!!!😄 Well as spock says it "live long and prosper."🖖
Milo continues his comparative study of Legos across international borders.
He is interested in both licensed name brand Legos and the sometimes superior designed - and always way cheaper - knock off brands.
I prefer to undertake the study of modernization - the palimpsest of new and old.
Heading out for the day. In Beijing there are public bathrooms every block. Bring your own toilet paper. And squat.
This restaurant serves hot pots on the sidewalk. The table in the center had three guys with guitars and one singing. Some people stopped to listen, some shot video, others squeezed past.
Milo and I walked for two hours along this street - Gulou East from the Drum and Bell towers back to our apartment - full of restaurants, Nike shoes, toys, puppies, music and neon.
This is the main street in the hutong where we are staying. It's a different crowd but the same sort of scene - groups of friends sharing large shared plates of food. For sharing. With groups of friends.
Go eat here when you're in Beijing. I couldn't quite tell if the son was saying noodles are the best food in China or his mother's are the best noodles in China. Either way, he's right.
Which begins by Milo getting out of the pool after three hours!
This is a few minutes before they lost control of their boat and capsized. Which I attribute to instant karma for that one guy who had to give us the finger. You can see him in the back hiding his face and finger aloft.
This is cotton candy. Beijing style.
This is Friday evening milling about the Houhai lake area.
This is the magical place that sits between the Bell and Drum towers.
I hope to elaborate on our past two days but for now, a few photos will have to suffice.
Who would have thought we could have such a great time in Hong Kong simply by staying endlessly in the pool. I'm trying to balance being highly driven to be on the go with Milo's inclination to not. This trip might be harder for both of us than I imagined. I will need to slow down and Milo will have to get out of the hotel periodically.
We are of to a slow start between the jet lag and the general unfamiliarity of it all. We did find a few of Milo's favorite places. This helped us feel ready to take on a bigger adventure tomorrow.
Note: there's no way to rotate images in this app; you'll just have to tilt your device. Our apologies.
We're off to a 19 hour journey!🤗😼🏯✈
We have our visas and our bags are packed.