Saturday, December 3, 2011

Unable to access Blogger, but posting from Beijing anyways ...

Enjoying a can of Yan Jing beer as I wait for the 5:30AM (local time) wake up call. Slept some on the flight over, so even though it's the middle of the night, I'm still wide awake here.

Don't have much in the way of first impressions of China yet, have only been from airport to hotel, but so far so good. Even though my Chinese is limited to ni hao and xie-xie, we managed to arrange a ride to a hotel with the help of some friendly airport staff.  

One thing I will say by way of first impressions, is everyone here that's working seems awfully young. From the uniformed security officers at the airport (military?) to  the hotel staff, all baby-faced kids. 

I didn't think it was possible to mispronounce the name of our next city too badly, Dalian, but apparently all three of us were saying it so oddly to the Chinese ear that when the hotel front desk clerks finally figured out what we were talking about, they had a good laugh. 
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