Miyun Week 6
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This week was pretty rubbish....I came down with a nasty cold and cough, so Wendy, whoâ€™d clearly become over-protective of me, wanted to take me to a doctor to get checked out.
It was obvious to me I just had a cold, mainly because the temperature outside had seemingly dropped 10Â°C overnight, but still Wendy insisted I should see a doctor, so I jumped on the back of her bike and she took me off to Miyun hospital.
Well, what can I say? It was certainly an experience and Iâ€™m just glad I had a native speaker with me â€“ not that I would have ended up at the hospital if it wasnâ€™t for Wendyâ€™s insistence!
I had an initial consultation with the doctor, who said I should get a blood test and an x-ray.
As expected, the blood test came back clear â€“ I hadnâ€™t contracted TB or bird flu, which was a relief â€“ so I was given a huge prescription and walked away equipped with enough drugs to supply the Red Cross.
The following day I was still feeling pretty ill despite the massive number of drugs I was now taking and whatâ€™s more, the water supply in the apartment had suddenly stopped.
By Thursday, the drugs had finally kicked in so I was feeling much better but I had to wait until Friday for the water to start working again.
Iâ€™d already decided by this point that I would head into Beijing on the Friday evening by myself. I clearly needed a hot shower and a bit of time alone as the week had not been the best and I had started to feel sorry for myself.
I was up pretty early on the Saturday morning and headed in the direction of my favourite shopping venue, the Silk Market.
After stopping off at the Oriental Plaza, I took a trip down memory lane and went to the Peninsula hotel for a bite to eat, which is where Smurf and I had stayed when we first reached Beijing. I then sat in the comfort of the lobby bar and slurped on a delicious Apple Martini before heading back to the hostel and joining the other Beijingers.
We then went out to Hooters for dinner/drinks. Not sure what I was expecting, but perhaps a little more atmosphere. The place was tacky American as Iâ€™d been warned, with the waitresses in tight orange hot pants and too much make-up... Its only redeeming feature was the inclusion of Apple Martinis on the cocktail list.
After Hooters (not that I remember leaving), we went to some bar in San Li Tun, which I remember very little about, but managed to get the best â€˜Liz crazy dancingâ€™ shot of my trip so far.
The next day I was only just about capable of making it back to Miyun....