Running to Tian'anmen
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April 11th, 2010 – by: allisonroad
I returned to my 12 bed dorm room and realized it was myself and 5 guys in the room: one American, one Brit, and three Israelis. I struck up a conversation with Robin, a 37 year old English guy who knows more about world history/politics/economics than anyone I know, and he dropped out of school at 15. Go figure. I grabbed a bite to eat with him and then hung out in the hostel's common area, meeting tons of people, mostly British. There was Chris, Matt, Sean, Mya, Gavin, and Hitan. Robin decided to tell them all I hate John Lennon (because an American killed him) which made me extremely popular at first haha, but became the running joke of the night.
Somehow it was 5:15am and Hitan remembered that Tian'anmen Square does a flag raising ceremony at sunrise, 5:45am. He, Gavin, some girl Mary and I decided to go. Suddenly we see people running around us, so naturally we start running. We run for about 15 min, Mary even took off her cute going out shoes, but by the time we got there it was so crowded we couldn't see a thing. I think the whole "ceremony" lasted about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Annnd we missed it all. So anti-climatic. But afterwards we were lucky enough to have all the Chinese tourists notice the unique group of foreigners (two blonde girls, a tall brunette, and an Indian) so we got to take lots of pictures. At 5:45am.
The next day Robin and I went to the Summer Palace which was huge and gorgeous, but unfortunately it was rainy and so freakin' cold. I was inadequately dressed - yes Mom, I should have brought that jacket after all - so I wasn't loving it, but I could see how on a nice summers day it would have been really beautiful. Robin seemed ok though, despite only wearing pink fuzzy socks with flip flops since he "doesn't believe in shoes." That night we all just hung out in the hostel and watched movies. Oh, I almost forgot about the most adorable tiny dog I have ever seen! His name was Brian/Charlie/Killer, depending on who you asked, and was just a little larger than my shoe. And I have small feet. I actually accidentally kicked it once not knowing it was there. Oops.
The next morning I left for Shanghai, thus ending my time in Beijing!
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