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The boys gather at the Sleepy Inn

With the day off, a little lie-in was on the cards and a spot of cleaning - fun fun fun!!  The apartment was a total mess so it couldn’t be avoided any more.

Inga and I then made our way into Beijing after lunch....

We had a couple of beers at the hostel again before heading out to dinner on Ghost Street with Fergus, BBC Mike, Simon, Shangin and Paranoid Mike.  We had the worst roast duck I’ve ever tasted, but the other dishes made up for it thank goodness.  I actually look forward to having Chinese food because I don’t get the opportunity during the week so can easily get distressed if the meal isn’t that great.

Simon, BBC, Inga and I then headed to Houhai for a few drinks.

BBC at dinner
  Not a crazy night, but we did manage to get lost finding our way back to the hostel so had to get a cab.  We walked the wrong way round the lake - not the brightest move!!

The next day we headed to the hairdressers by UIBE to get hair cuts and massages, followed by lunch at Sculpting in Time cafe - it was a lovely little trip down the UIBE memory lane...

Another trip to the Silk Market followed where I managed to get a great bag and wallet.  I was chuffed to actually find a couple of things that were made of real leather.  Most of the bags and shoes at the Silk Market are really poor quality and generally made of plastic despite the sales staff telling you differently and even using lighters to prove their point!  You really have to hunt around to find the better quality stuff, but it’s worth it if you do.

Shangin almost disappears behind the beer bottles
  You have to barter even harder too - I’m not great but getting better, plus I’m learning that showing too much interest in something never works in the buyers favour.

That evening we headed straight over to San Li Tun because I wrongly assumed we’d be able to find a plethora of restaurants over there.  There are restaurants, but generally they’re a poor standard and over-priced.  After wandering around for a while, we eventually agreed on a Thai restaurant.  I managed to get a really good green curry so was a happy bunny.  I also think that it did my stomach the world of good as it was completely back to normal the following day!

We then met up with Solaro and Fi and headed to Bar Blu.  Another great evening was had by all..... Bar Blu serve proper cocktails so I was overjoyed, plus they also had Martini, so Inga was equally overjoyed as it’s her favourite tipple.  As with all the other nights out in Beijing, this one involved lots of laughing, dancing, plenty of alcohol and a late night.  I think I also had a kebab on the way home too!

The following day was a complete write-off.  After tucking into a yummy toasted sandwich at the hostel, Inga and I made our way straight back to Miyun.

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The boys gather at the Sleepy Inn
The boys gather at the Sleepy Inn
BBC at dinner
BBC at dinner
Shangin almost disappears behind t…
Shangin almost disappears behind …
Me with Simon, Ferg and my beloved…
Me with Simon, Ferg and my belove…
Inga and I
Inga and I
Stella, the Sleepy Inn cat
Stella, the Sleepy Inn cat
Inga and I enjoy a cocktail
Inga and I enjoy a cocktail
Martin, Shangin, Andrea and BBC
Martin, Shangin, Andrea and BBC
The group at Bar Blu
The group at Bar Blu
Inga and I
Inga and I
A happy Simon and Alice
A happy Simon and Alice
Piotr gets comfy in the coats
Piotr gets comfy in the coats
A drunken Martin and Inga
A drunken Martin and Inga
Enjoying a Long Island Ice Tea
Enjoying a Long Island Ice Tea
Enjoying more Long Islands
Enjoying more Long Islands
Inga checks out Solaros assets
Inga checks out Solaro's assets
Solaro looks unsure
Solaro looks unsure
Proper bo
Proper bo
Martin goes Chinese to cool down
Martin goes Chinese to cool down
Inga focuses on the ball
Inga focuses on the ball
Andrea holds herself steady
Andrea holds herself steady
Bundles on the sofa
Bundles on the sofa
Doing the YMCA
Doing the YMCA
More crazy dance action
More crazy dance action
Solaro and Piotr show their moves
Solaro and Piotr show their moves
Martin and his sweaty pit
Martin and his sweaty pit
Crazy dancing
Crazy dancing
Voguing with Solaro
Voguing with Solaro
Inga passes out
Inga passes out
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