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July 05, 2005

Seeing Red -- the China adventure continues!

I'm at an internet cafe that charges a ridiculous $2.50 an hour, so I'll make this short. (Usually, internet prices are $0.50 an hour in this country).

Jason and I are in Beijing. It's been an exciting week! Seeing the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, pickled Mao, and tomorrow we will venture out to the Great Wall.

On our second day here, Jason was pickpocketed. The guy made away with our camera, so unfortunately we have lost all of our China pictures to date. Sigh. On the bright side, we picked up a camera here that is a lot nicer and smaller. Cheaper as well. It was an incredible ordeal buying the camera. I long for Best Buy to invade this country. Basically, prices for electronics are higher here than anywhere in the States (import taxes) and the annoying bargaining. Bah! At least the camera is nice.

At the nearly one month mark, Jason and I have found that we still like China. However, moving north sure seemed to give us trouble. We have run more into the "Old China" types -- rude folks who love to scream at foreigners, unhelpful types.

Our plans are to make our way south-ish again, to Shanghai. By the end of July we will be in Seoul, where I lived when I was in high school.

Posted by Cathy on July 5, 2005 01:44 AM
Category: China

Sorry to hear about your pickpocket experience, but I'm sure the majority of the people in China are very polite and warm to foreigners. Enjoy the rest of your venture through "The Land of Many People".

Posted by: Kraston & Alice on July 5, 2005 11:10 AM

hey there! it was great to catch up on all the events for the last couple of months. sounds like you guys are having a blast. keep enjoying - you're not missing anything here in the U.S.! ;)

varun is running everywhere and shiv is well. we just moved back to our SF house. maybe you two can swing by when you come back to the u.s.?

well - enjoy china (i'd love to go there at some point) and it'll be fun to see all your old haunts in korea, i'm sure.

ciao - nancy & shiv

Posted by: nancy on July 8, 2005 09:05 PM
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