back in beijing. the trip to the UK was fab. manchester was very inspiring. Renny and Richard were amazing hosts and very good cooks. never decline one their invitations. trust me.
this trip has got me thinking about a lot of things, but one thing is the idea of living like a tourist in one's own home. i'm going to try and keep up the flickr stream now that i'm back in beijing. try to take more photos and maintain that sense of freshness of coming a new place as long as possible. in essence, try to experience beijing as if i didn't live here and see things with "new" eyes. will see how long this lasts. my hunch is that it will last until i get into a shouting match with a taxi driver- which hasn't happened yet, so keep your fingers crossed.
it will also help that i'm going to tibet for a week. however, i missed my flight this morning due to an overturned truck on the airport expressway, and ok, maybe i left a liiiittle late. but the driver said, "wow, this kind of traffic you only see once a month." once a month? i couldn't tell if that was a lot or a little, but i think if there is a truck overturning on this short stretch of highway once a month, that would appear to be a serious issue. it also means i should probably leave a liiiittle earlier tomorrow morning.
There's a wonderful chapter in The Art of Travel that talks about travelling around your own loungeroom.
Just make sure you take photos of the yelling match with the cab driver.
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