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Riding bicycles through the rainy streets of Beijing

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Mirim i farta!

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.

Digger syklene, men dette sete var ikke helt go'stemning. Var vel egentlig noen fjaerer en gang, men de hadde takka for seg.
Unfortunately, we weren't the only ones.. Had to share the experience with about 9 billion chinamen in Beijing, due to the convenient timing of the national holiday which will last one week, exactly how long we're staying in China. But what can you do.. It all got particularly funny when the place closed and averyone wanted to get out at the same time. Except we couldn't because the doors were colsed due to the flag ceremony taking place on the outside.

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.

Anette ble faktisk veldig glad i sykkelen sin. Serlig lille sote ringeklokka som egentlig bare sa putput! Ville ihvertfall ikke dele setet med cecilie som fikk litt merker i stumpen etterhvert... grmmm
The food was really delicious but the bill was a little bit hard to swallow. The price was almost 3000 yen ( 2400 NOK) At least we cut it in half when we insisted that we split on 6, because it looked like they were waiting for us to pay for all of it. The more we think about it, the closer we get to the conclusion that this was just a major scam but whatever. We ate some really good food, had a great time with them, learned some Chinese and definitly learned a lesson and we only paided about 350 NOK each so..it's all a part of the experience.

 

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.

hmm..where to go...
This goes even for the buttons which could only be buttoned once, when you tried to open them you just tore them right out of the fabric. Top noch chinese quality :) Entertained some Chinamen as we were spinning down the dark rainy streets in bright pink rain ponchos, ringing our bells and miraculously finding our way home without much difficulties.

 

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....

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Mirim i farta!
Mirim i farta!
Digger syklene, men dette sete var…
Digger syklene, men dette sete va…
Anette ble faktisk veldig glad i s…
Anette ble faktisk veldig glad i …
hmm..where to go...
hmm..where to go...
Finally! The Forbidden City
Finally! The Forbidden City
Tror du ikke vi fant oss en tur gu…
Tror du ikke vi fant oss en tur g…
The Dragon Tower in the Forbidden …
The Dragon Tower in the Forbidden…
Miriam and Cecilie in the emperor…
Miriam and Cecilie in the emperor…
Miriam, Anette and Cecilie
On the…
Miriam, Anette and Cecilie On th…
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Beijing
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