Today we woke up at 6:30 and we went downstairs to the lobby for breakfast. The food, not surprisingly, was very different than American. I liked the rice, dumplings, and noodles but it was also among duck eggs and sour milk. I am getting better at using chopsticks which is probably a good thing as we will be using them for the next 29 days. Anyway, after breakfast we got our bags and headed to the bus and left for the Great Wall.
After a two hour bus ride we finally made it. It was fascinating to me that after that long a time we were still in Beijing. Of course there was some traffic but not too much. The bus ride wasn’t too bad and the group has definitely bonded quite a bit. Compared to the fourteen hour flight the two hour drive flew by and soon we were looking at large mountains with the Great Wall in sight.
Once we took the gondola up the mountain we got a great view of the wall. We walked a small amount then found a meeting place, took a group photo and we split up so everyone could go however far they wanted to (Not past Mr. Goodemote). Once I was walking a bit I stopped to take pictures of the mountain side and the Great Wall continuing up. I really started to think about how long the Great Wall has been there. I’ve never been near or on anything that old and it is really fascinating to me. It was also interesting to hear different languages being spoken such as Chinese, English, French, Spanish, German, and probably many more. It made me think of how widely known the Great Wall is, and in my opinion it is the most iconic place in China. There have been so many different nationalities standing where I stood today. Today was breathtaking and the view was amazing! I took a lot of pictures but I tried not to look through a camera the whole time so I spent most of the time just taking it in. Soon the hour was quickly over and Mariah, Skyler, Mrs R, and I walked back to the meeting spot.
Once on the ground again we walked through the vendors and I had to learn to ignore some very aggressive sales people. It was hard to not be friendly but I had to or I would waste a lot of money. It was an experience though. I didn’t buy anything but some people in the group bargained with the vendors and got some cool gifts to bring back. Brianna was a pro at bargaining.
After that we got a very good lunch and Jennie was laughing so hard about the pork belly she was crying and the entire table was laughing. It was a good time. We had a long bus ride back to the hotel, where we took an hour break then headed to dinner. Dinner was good but many people at my table were falling asleep (Nathan, Kenny, and I). I may have also dropped sweet and sour chicken in my drink but I know that Adam dropped most of his on the table. After I had almost fallen asleep in my food we went back to the hotel and called it a day.