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The sign for LL Bean... the store that *hasn't* opened yet.

I got an email from my mom about there being an LL Bean in Beijing, and so of course, I had to find it.  After looking on the internet, I found that there is indeed one, and it isn't too far from my apartment.  It's in a mall near Chaoyang Park.  So today, we (roomie and I) headed up that way.  After taking the new and chiny line 10 from Shuangjing to Liangmaqiao where we got on a bus.  First thing I noticed about Solana was that it was big (didn't know how big though) and that they had a ColdStone creamery next to a Starbucks.  ColdStone- know I went there.  Went inside, found LL Bean on the map... and when we got outside we saw just how huge Solana is. 

We got to the section that houses LL Bean (I took a pic from outside) and went to the 2nd floor.

  They have an ice- skating rink, and there were people skating... in July.  Then we got sidetracked by odd-looking "relaxation & exercise" equipment.  Finally, we explored.  No LL Bean.  Asked many people (or at least she did since she speaks Chinese).  Wandered and wandered...

Finally we came to the conclusion at Starbucks (with me thoroughly enjoying my Breathless Boston Creme Pie ice cream mix from ColdStone) that LL Bean hasn't opened yet.  Especially since there were a bunch of stores that were still not open and lookin' awfully empty.  And it wasn't on the map. 

Found out that there's a new mall going up near the apartment too.  So far it'll have a KFC, C&A (don't know), Haagen-Daz (can't spell) and a bakery called Tous Les Jous (I used to know what that meant).  And we'll have a Melody KTV on the corner... yay.

Tomorrow I'm off to find a new MP3 player... mine's dead, Jim.

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Part of the Solana
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