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summer time in Beijing

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If I thought that people cycled slow in the winter summer is a whole new revelation. Who would have known you could get stuck in a traffic jam on your bike! I guess for all of my Dutch friends you’ve realized this much earlier on in your life but for this So Cal girl it was a bit of an eye opening experience. I would not go so far as to call it a pace that people cycle but more of a slow movement of the pedals – gently, oh so slowly propelling the bike forward.

So far my favorite aspect of summer would be the BBQ corn – I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough. The dancing in the evening on all the corners throughout Beijing is warm and inviting, I’ve not given it a go yet but then again I’ve only been back for a week. And my of course it would not be summer without the men with their flopped up shirt, shorts pulled high, and belly sticking out. Anyone who has traveled in Asia in the warm seasons has bare whiteness to this – however it sticks out slightly less in let’s say rural Cambodia than it does in bustling Beijing. Finally, it is quite interesting to stand under an awning waiting for the person in front of you to open their umbrella before they step a single foot into the sun. I nearly ran this unsuspecting woman over and poked my eye out at the same time after grocery shopping.

For those of you who know me – you know my strong aversion to umbrellas and inability to negotiate one properly. However, for the record I did finally (yes after almost 4 years of living in wet countries) break down and by one in Montreal – I’m not giving up looking good for wearing my Northface rain jacked any longer Floris and David would be very proud. I’m all grown up I carry my navy, duel pain umbrella with pride…but just not in Beijing in the summer.

Over the weekend we went on a little adventure to check out swimming in Beijing – we went for full luxury at the Westin and thoroughly enjoyed looking out at the third ring road while lying at the pool, we even enjoyed the saunas…even though the outside temperature and conditions this weekend were close already. It is hard to find a kid free pool and even harder to find a nice outdoor pool – the later being due to the worship of pale skin but the girls are on a mission to find both. I will keep you posted on the Great Pool Quest of 2009.

Other than the swimming pool adventure I took my colleague that was in town from NL out on Friday and helped him celebrate his b-day. We went to this new place (yes the one I had already been to once last week) is has this super nice terrace outside and great live music inside – he thoroughly enjoyed his Beijing B-day (his words not mine!)

Yesterday was a super lazy yet actually productive Sunday…yes I know a paradox of sorts but manageable and 2 points to me for being able to multitask! Last night, I watched this amazing move Bubble (check it out on IMDB) but please don’t tell me how it ends – the DVD stopped working 15 minutes before it was over, major bummer.

All-in-all it was a the relaxing weekend that I needed, and to be honest I’m looking forward to a few more of these after the last “holiday” I am referring to it in quotes because it left me feeling far from refreshed and relaxed. YES I know it was self inflicted but you gotta do what you gotta do! Don’t worry we are already planning the next holiday but I think it will be quite the surprise.

Posted by Hansnally 17:20 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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