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July 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hi All,
It,s New Years eve tomorrow so we have bought a load of fireworks to set off at midnight it already sounds like the start of world war 3 every night haha.
I still have the chest and throat infection if it hasn't started to clear by end of this week i will have to go to the hospital i already have had it for 9 days the worst part is the constant coughing.
Still no rain it's now over 90 days everywhere is so dry and dusty the daytime temp has usually been between 0 to -6 but yesterday and today it has been warm with sunshine.
We went and bought a mountain bike for me this morning so we went to the local park this afternoon on our bikes riding around getting quite a few stares ( a crazy ying yur riding a bike for fun haha).I have  had a few more goes driving our car it's a very nice ford fiesta Jun is getting more and more confident each day with her driving we have just been to the local market shopping as most of the shops will be closed for 3 days.
We went to the Beijing Institute of Performing Arts last Saturday evening to see the dance/musical  production of the life of the Avolikishtivara the female buddha of compassion it was absolutely breathtaking we couldn't believe what we were watching and listening too.The building itself is amazing it's at tiananmen square,it's a huge orb shaped structure resting in a circle which is supposed to represent an oyster in a shell but all the locals call it the fried egg haha.
Another interesting thing is the water banks situated around the apartment blocks,they dont drink the tap water or cook with it so you go and see the water man pay some money and get a card with credit then you take your 5 litre bottle to the machine and fill it with purified water it costs about 10p each time.
We went for a walk earlier with the dog and saw one of the people who go around all day looking for recycable materials,as everything is recycled and she was going through the bins for cardboard so i had her come to our apartment and gave her all my boxes that my things were shipped over in,you wouldn't believe how happy she was.It is certainly a country of many contrasts very rich people and  people in abject poverty side by side.


 


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