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Me and Inga at the Sleepy Inn

The Beijingers (myself, Inga, Shangin, Simon, BBC Mike, Martin, Piotr, Fergus and Paranoid Mike) had discussed meeting up for a much needed night out following our first week away from UIBE.  Simon had suggested we stay at a hostel he heard about called The Sleepy Inn, near Houhai Lake.  It was a little tricky to find, but when we eventually stumbled across it, we checked in to what was a very clean and comfortable room AND a bargain at ¥80 (£5.30) a night.

We had a few beers at the hostel whilst waiting for all the crew to arrive, and then headed to Houhai for dinner and drinks.  Solaro and Fi later joined us at a salsa bar, which was great fun as I was able to get a good dancing fix.  I think it was here that Inga maybe had one too many Long Island Ice Teas and had to be put in a cab home.

The first bar by Houhai
  Simon, ever the gent, accompanied her to ensure she didn’t get lost on route back to the hostel, and then came back to join us once he was sure she was safe in her bedroom.

We then headed to San Li Tun, otherwise known as bar street.  I’m not a huge fan of this area of Beijing.  It’s full of tacky bars packed with ex-pats and western tourists.  Definitely not where you’d head if after a classy night out, but definitely THE place to go if you want cheap beer and kebabs at 3am!!

We eventually made it back to the hostel at 5am.  It was a really fun night out and a great opportunity to let off steam after a week of real work!

The next morning (or rather afternoon) we all woke up feeling a little worse for wear, and the group decided to head to the Silk Market.  Somehow on route, I managed to put my neck out.  I was in agony so it really wasn’t a fun afternoon for me.  I managed to quickly get what I wanted ��" a pair of shoes for teaching and a new superman t-shirt to replace the mud stained one bought a couple of weeks before ��" and then Inga and I headed to Wanfujing so I could get some much-needed Ibuprofen!

We then headed back to Miyun and had a chilled out evening as we needed to be up quite early the next day for the Teachers’ Day Prize Giving.

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Me and Inga at the Sleepy Inn
Me and Inga at the Sleepy Inn
The first bar by Houhai
The first bar by Houhai
Shangin and PM enjoy a drink at th…
Shangin and PM enjoy a drink at t…
Fergus
Fergus
BBC and Shangin stroke the hostel …
BBC and Shangin stroke the hostel…
Me and Stella
Me and Stella
Martin and Piotr
Martin and Piotr
Simon and Inga
Simon and Inga
Ingas not sure about her dinner
Inga's not sure about her dinner
Fi and Solaro join the party
Fi and Solaro join the party
Fi takes a girl for a salsa spin
Fi takes a girl for a salsa spin
Martin, me and Ferg
Martin, me and Ferg
Piotr, Solaro and Simon get comfy
Piotr, Solaro and Simon get comfy
Martin amusing Shangin
Martin amusing Shangin
Simon is proper bo
Simon is proper bo
Late night drinking at SanLiTun
Late night drinking at SanLiTun
Piotr goes all vampire on me
Piotr goes all vampire on me
Ferg just loves SanLiTun
Ferg just loves SanLiTun
So takes a rest
So takes a rest
A truly mad chinese lady chats up …
A truly mad chinese lady chats up…
Inga and I on the bus back to Miyun
Inga and I on the bus back to Miyun
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