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The complaining Teen

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Dear readers,
My name is Sayiki and I am Yak from Tibet. I met a young girl named parker and I decided to follow her. She kept on complaining about a headache because of how high she was. Ptsh… I climb to the top of Everest every day and this girl is sad about a little headache, boo hoo. I wish we could switch shoes, and then she would realize how hard the daily life of a yak can be.
Her complaining didn’t stop there. She insisted she was a boy despite the fact that her/his eyelashes were as long my tail. She kept on screaming that she was a boy and the funny thing was that he was actually a boy! Yak Yik Yak Yik Yak Yik Yak, funny stuff. Parker also complained about the fact that his chicken bone sucked. Why doesn’t he try my main food grass, grass, more grass, and even more grass. Sometimes I just don’t understand people.

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The Capital of China

Expectations Exceeded

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In the 10 days we spent in Beijing, we crammed an incredible amount of stuff in. We went skating, out to dinner every night and lunch, saw the great wall, went to the Forbidden City, shopped for two days, and that’s not half of it all. We experienced more than most kids experience for 10 years in just 10 days. I will never forget these fabulous 10 days and the city that made my first foreign experience worth it.
The day we arrived in Beijing I was just in awe of how different everything was. After we got in touch with Rebecca, our awesome guide and got our bags in the van, we headed to downtown Beijing. While going from the airport to our hotel I saw numerous tall buildings, all relatively modern. However, when I looked down one street I saw the Forbidden City, a 600 year old landmark that housed the emperors of China. After seeing it I could only think why in god’s name is that here! But there it stood, a landmark of Beijing and China at its whole. It was hard for me to believe that such an old landmark stood in such a new city. After being baffled by all the sites, we had dinner. The food flat out sucked. We were supposed to eat chicken knuckles (among other things) which are bone with chicken skin. If M. Night Shyamalan made a food, the chicken knuckle would be it. Then the next course was some kind of fish that had more bones in it than a train wreck. I was so happy to see the rice come that it’s not even funny. I went to bed and wondered what the next day would be like.
We explored the city by walking the next day. Griffin and I decided to skate and that was a good choice. We must have gone five or so miles exploring just about every nook and cranny of downtown Beijing. That night’s dinner was with some good friends and it was much better than I expected it to be. In fact, I had almost as much as I would at home, but not quite that much. That was the first day in Beijing and I went to bed not quite knowing what to expect for tomorrow.
During the next day we squeezed in an amount of stuff that I didn’t believe possible. We went to eat at a hutong, went to a public school, went to the Forbidden City, and went to Tiananmen Square. The hutong was an old neighborhood in which there are many houses. While in the hutong, we ate at a local person’s house. That was a great experience. The house was very small, but the food was phenomenal and the people were very nice. The food included awesome meat dumplings that the house owners showed us how to make. After that, we headed to a local public school. All of the kids knew English very well for fourth graders, and some of them said in a staccato type tone, “Hello my name is _____ I like playing table tennis and watching TV.” It was somewhat awkward because I knew no Mandarin and they knew a lot of English. We hopped in Rickshaws, (bike taxis), to ride around the area. After riding around, we went to the van and headed off to the Forbidden City. The city has 9,999 ½ rooms. It took us 2 hours to get through it and once we got through it, we were in Tiananmen Square, the headquarters of the government in China and the largest square in the world. It was amazing, but at the end of the day all I wanted to do was go to sleep.
The next few day days we continued to tour the city and see the sights. My highlight of those days was the great wall day. It took us about two hours to get to the wall and once we got there we took a chair lift way up to the wall. It took my breath away at how big the wall was. It went on forever and it was so wide that you could park a car on it. Griffin and I brought our skateboards and we decided that we wanted to skate the wall, so we did. The stairs were really bumpy and steep, but it’s all to say you’ve done it. We went on a toboggan ride down the mountain and it was a great adrenaline rush. I must have been going about 30 when I saw a lovely British couple easing their way down the path. I had to hit my brake so hard that felt I been slugged. They kept on chatting it up at a safe speed, which for them would have been near 1 trillionth of a mph. It sucked because they ruined it for everyone. I got over it quickly and was soon on my way back to the hotel. We stopped for lunch at a beautiful restaurant and we were escorted to our own room. The walls we covered in Peacock feathers and we ate a beautiful and good meal. After lunch we headed back to the hotel.
Beijing was my first experience in a truly foreign country and I loved it. I had my mind open from the start of the experience to the end and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. I sit hear typing this on my way to Xining and beyond and I say that the Irving saga continues on.

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The Great Wall of China

Can they see me from space?

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On the 14th of October our family went to the Great Wall of China. It’s a 2 hour drive from Beijing. I typed the first blog entry on the way there and this one on the way back. The Great Wall was amazing. We took a chair lift up, B-E-A–UTIFUL. My brother and I rode our skateboards down some of the stairs. They were really bumpy. It’s almost vertical in some places on the wall. It’s the most awe-inspiring sight I’ve ever seen. It was a rough hike to the top, but we made it.

Instead of taking the chair lift down we took a HUGE slide down the mountain. We saw it on the way up, and all I could think about was taking it down. It seemed like it was a 100 kilometers long, twisting and turning all the way down the mountain. People were going so fast your eyes couldn’t keep up with them. I couldn’t wait. It was horrible. We got stuck behind a couple of young ladies. They were going so slow I can’t even describe it. Imagine being caught in L.A. traffic and the person in front of you is so scared of going fast, she stays at a leisurely pace of 1/16 OF A MPH!!!!!!!!!!!!! For 15 minutes after we got off the slide my brother and I frowned and muttered under our breath.

Once we got in the car we were done moping, and so we went back to the hotel, read for 30 minutes, and flew my new toy helicopter into my brother at least five times until I gouged his eyes out, and then we all went to bed zzzzzzzzzzzz

To be continued...

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The Beginning of Beijing

The wait is over

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Wake up, wake up Griffin said my bigger brother Parker. I had been asleep for thirty minuets out of the twelve-hour fight to Beijing, China. My family had been planning a yearlong trip around the world for nine months. We will visit over ten countries and eat the worst food you can image. The trip idea stared when I was nine years old. Then my parents told us we were going on a world tour. At the time I didn’t get the magnitude of what they had just said. Over the next year or so littlie details of our trip came together, where we were going, and what we were doing.

October 9,2007 was the date we were leaving. Now here we are October 10,2007 landing in Beijing, China. Through out the landing my nose had an extreme itch. It felt as if there was a bug crawling in my nose. By the time we were done taxiing, the itch was gone. The Beijing Airport was like any other big city airport, big, cramped, and smelly. But once we got outside it’s a different story. Buildings everywhere you look, people stretched far and wide. I usually don’t like big buildings, but the architecture was beautiful. We are staying at the Grand Hyatt. So far so good.

To be continued…

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