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I write this between variations of push-ups and ab exercises! Tonight, i will try out my mosquito net, using it as a sheet! :) I harshly attacked and mutilated a mosquito i found in rice leftovers today, it's the least I can do for those suffering from mosquito-borne illnesses around the world - you are welcome.
I find myself hungry before bed almost every night, wonder why. The food here is delicious, but my body is still adjusting and thrown off my it I think..speaking of food i had the same dish as yesterday for "brunch" let's call it today. I cannot do it again tomorrow, will have to buy something from the store to snack on before entering the big, bad Beijing!
I am a NOMAD. I HUNT. I GATHER. I SURVIVE...yet...I had no home in this world, for I have many :) ...and yes I am actually homeless right now, a somewhat weird, yet exciting feeling!!!
The hygiene in this country appears to be quite interesting, and by interesting I dabble in such realms of "gross", "nasty", and "...tasty" (that one's a joke). Most public restrooms do not have toilet paper- you must bring your own. The toilets you must squat in to use (hence the assless chaps piece from yesterday)...the toilets are usually very dirty and I won't get too descriptive, but let's just say you probably would not want to eat a meal off of the toilet (like anyone would? - you get the point)..
I visited The Temple of Heaven today and it was amazing- it was where gods were worshiped, created back in the B.C. era...very important to the Ming and Qing dynasties of the past.. Well- my umbrella was a bit wet so I left it in the outer mesh pocket of my bag and upon taking pictures in a crowded area, I felt a bump. I thought nothing of it, until later when I realized the umbrella was gone. I just didn't think I should keep the umbrella in my bag (even though it wasn't that wet)...but this was absurd. The Chinese are more cheap than ME!!! It is insane how sly, sheisty, yet clever they are. They seem to take ANY and EVERYTHING, yet in a deceptive and NON-confrontational way. This will be kept in mind now, to leave NOTHING available to ANYONE- an attitude i should have taken in the first place, but to spend another 1-2 dollars on an umbrella is hardly breaking my bank account.
As you know, it's the concept to me- that was mine and it was taken from me...and he's lucky I did not find him because I was looking for him when I realized, and he would not have enjoyed it if I found him (or her)...so later that day I found a broken pink umbrella (it just does not close properly) randomly hanging inside a pagoda in the Temple of Heaven grounds! (The whole area is much larger than I thought, consisting of several gate entrances and 4 main sites - little attractions such as this pagoda here and there...I spent 3 hours there!) Thank you karma - i took it! Until i get a new one, this will suffice :) ...although it is white and pink, and does not close, I hardly care - nor do I care about whipping out my tourist book on the subway. "Why" you might say? BECAUSE JUST BY THE WAY I LOOK, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT I AM A TOURIST...so, what does it matter if I am reading a book about China, or holding an umbrella with feminine colors? I have come to the somewhat obvious conclusion that I ALREADY stand out; this will change nothing.
Now, to do more Beijing exploration tomorrow if it is raining, if its nice then I will check out the Great Wall!! :)
I feel like I am in an alien world right now, but hey- at least I am getting as much attention on the street as a girl who is all done up, has stretchy pants on, a tattoo over her rear, all make-up'd up and KNOWS she looks good :) I have been really enjoying engaging in intense stare downs with the public. Most glance and then move on their way, while others stare for a bit and/or make a comment. This man in the park part of the Temple of Heaven grounds would not let go of me with his visual grip, so I held on tight as well turning my head to assure him it was an official staredown.
Don't forget to live life my friends - not just now, but always! Small hurdles enter our pathway of life, large roadblocks too. See to it that you overcome them, do not let them overcome you. YOU are the gamechanger.