Dave Sohigian

11Apr/090

Beijing Day 5

Today was a mellow day, mainly making up for lost sleep and jet lag (just in time to head back home). I did head out in the afternoon to go shopping with Robert. I was mainly looking for stuff for the kids and we headed to a local indoor market that did not cater to tourists. The market had hundreds of stalls, with all sorts of specialties. Want shoes? Got 'em:

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Girl's dresses? Yep, with big dolls for models:

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Tape? How much do you need?

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I spent close to three hours in the place (Robert gave up on me after an hour and I shopped on my own after that). I did find quite a few choice items, all for great "local" prices. The kids should be happy with the spoils. The only thing I couldn't find was the silk that Meta had requested for her Eurythmy dresses.

After shopping on my own, I went back to Robert's place and then we headed out for an evening with Vivian. First we looked for silk shops to purchase the material for Meta's dress (Vivian has a background in fashion) but they were all closed, so no luck there. Then we went to a well-known ex-pat pizza restaurant known as "The Tree". It was packed with foreigners and we ordered two very tasty pizzas. The beer menu at the place was ridiculous with a wide range of Belgian beers including Chimay, Abbey doubles and tripels, Framboise, Kriek and even, yes, Delirium Nocturnum. I had a Framboise and Robert did as well after he tasted mine.

Tomorrow is my last full day in China and we will be headed to Great Wall of China!

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