Riding bicycles through the rainy streets of Beijing
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That night was just a blur of really bad karaoke singing, the sound of backpackers who obviously never learned how to close a door quietly, mattresses which might as well have been floor boards and no oxygen whatsoever but ww survived.
Rented some really nice bikes with ecquipment like a basket, a lock and some really bad breakes. Riding a bike in Beijing is AWSOME! (never mind the risk of getting killed) The space designated to bicykles is huge compared to Norwegian standards which is virtually none-existing. No gears on the bikes of course but who needs gears when everything is completely flat and you're just floting in and out of little hutongs (small streets) ringing your bell like a tru native? Managed to locate the Forbidden City more or less all by ourselves, very proud of that.
While temporarily trapped inside the Forbidden City, we met three Chinese students: Lisa, Lilith and Jack. Very nice people so when they asked if we wanted to have dinner with them we, gullible tourists as we are, accepted. They took us to a decent enough restaurant where we had a really nice meal, the food just kept coming even thoug we had been sure to empasize the fact that we were backpackers on a tight budget.
It had started raining earlier that day and by the time we had finished dinner it was pouring down. We ran across the street to buy some rain ponchos and got the cheapest kind. Bright pink, 5 yen ponchos for one time use only.
So when we finally got home at around 9 pm Oyvind asked if we wanted to go with him and Rufus on a Nordic and Chinese music festival (notch) where Norwegian jazz musician Bugge Wesseltoft would be playing that night. We figured that would be really cool but when we got there we saw that there had been a change in the schedule and he had just finished. Bummer, but we saw some other bands and some of us enjoyed it more than others....