I left school right after finishing up my art class yesterday in order to go to BJ and visit my Wheaton friend Leslie, here to start 2 of 3 years with ELIC in Nanxia province. A trip to BJ and back is exhausting.. when done the Chinese way. Trip there.. 2 taxi's, 1 car and a walk through lots of traffic. Trip back, taxi, subway, train, taxi.. Oh, the days of my own choice and schedule of transportation are long gone. But, well worth it. Great to see Leslie and to spend a fun evening at a lake downtown and a very trendy restaurant. We got duped into riding in a bike/cab for a very short time, though we did see some old BJ hutongs and had some very interesting conversations with our bike rider.
Even though it was pouring rain, we walked around the lake and had a wonderful time. Ben joined us for dinner and the evening and alas, the cycle of meeting people from all over the world all in China begins again. I also saw Lydia Tsui and Easton who have begun their journey with ELIC this year. Very fun.