So, I ended up in an apartment with some nice young professionals! These nice young gals don't speak much English though!! THIS already has been and will continue to be quite the challenge! Hello hand gestures and google translate, I will worship your services, of course until I reach the Buddhist and Taoist temples! Vivian is quite accommodating, wanting to make sure that I have all that I need here! All I need is a couch! ...well, and realizing how to pull out the bed and/or use the AC would be ideal....haha
So we got up this morning, Vivian locked herself out of the apartment and her room but her roommate was there to let us in. The restaurant we went to though had delicious food! I ate dumplings, a hard-boiled egg and these fried dough sticks that were so fried that there was barely any dough left by the time they got to my mouth...DELICIOUS! Unfortunately the drinks we got spilled, but that's ok! We have to boil all water here before drinking it. A relatively minor task, but just imagine having to do this every time you want to drink water if you do not have a bottle of water. The water here is okay to shower in though (thank goodness).
I don't have a key or a phone, so things are confusing right now. I will get a cell phone soon - communication is a must if I would like to make any plans! I may stay local, and just explore the area tomorrow. I would like to and will get to the touristy stuff such as seeing the Great Wall, Tianenmen Square, the Forbidden City, etc. HOWEVER, I am currently living life as much like a Beijinger would...to the extent that I can :) I am very interested in the culture and just bobbing around some days, not having an exact itinerary. If you are a control freak, or love to know what you are doing at every waking moment of your life, with absolutely no elements of surprise, then a trip such as this is certainly not for you!
Please Note: If the spontaneity, randomness and strangeness of these writings appear to be too intense, please do three jumping jacks immediately and then begin reading again, a sure quick cure. Please also seek a physician's assistance If you experience any side effects like nausea, vomiting, or blurting out random words such as "Ni Hao Ma!" (Hi, how are you in Mandarin Chinese - the one language unifying the People's Republic of China).
More to come soon, stay posted! ...and have a look at the Travel Photos Page as I will be posting some pictures!! :)