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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Greetings from Beijing!

If you can read this, I can successfully post from China! woo hoo!

I am here during the Olympics but also to visit my friend JAK who so kindly is putting me up (and putting up with me). Her apartment is really big, much bigger than I would have thought actually.

walking in the front door (she's on the 9th floor)

Her kitchen is its own room (more than I can say about many apartments in NYC)

fridge and sink
stove burners
the washer is about 1/2 the size of a standard one in the US (everything hangs to dry)
Living Room
Hallway to the two bedrooms and bathroom (guest room on left, master bedroom straight ahead, bathroom to right)
I have heard a lot about 'squatty pottys' but have yet to have to use one; and let me tell you, the water pressure here is phenomenal!
The View from the living room:
looking down to the courtyard. We're in a building just like these other three.
The main intersection near the apartment complex. To the left is one of the university areas. All the larger boulevard streets (these included) have a sidewalk, flanked with plants (which are new for the Games), then bike lanes, then usually a strip of a bit more green, then the main roadways. So even on pretty busy streets you feel removed from the traffic. The streets themselves are very wide, and the blocks are huge.
having the factories off for a few weeks and half the cars driving (odd/even days) has really paid off - notice the mountains! The weather has been beautiful!

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