In case you missed the last couple blog posts on our latest Year of Fun exploits, allow me to catch you up a little. There’s some good news and some sad news. First, the sad news: no more fresh coconuts or mangos for us. After a solid two months, our time in SE Asia has come to a close. No more sunsets over turquoise waters. No more curry every night for Garrison. No more fresh coconuts for Anna. Did I mention we’re going to miss the coconuts?
But here’s the good news: our next stop brought us numerous unexpected delights, many of them in the the form of super tasty and amazingly affordable little pastries coming from the pastry shack around the corner from our guesthouse in Beijing.
Yes, our next stop was Beijing, China. Our worst fears included potentially finding out we didn’t like authentic Chinese food, that we wouldn’t be able to breathe because of air pollution, and that everyone would be rude to us because we didn’t speak Mandarin. The air pollution turned out to be pretty bad, but…. Highlights included us realizing authentic Chinese food was actually very delicious, having 99.9% of everyone we interacted with be nice and/or helpful to us, being the main attraction in a bunch of locals’ photos at Tianenmen Square, and going to the Great Wall.
Which brings me to the title of this blog post, regarding the existence of two Great Walls. No doubt you’re familiar with the Great Wall of China, built to protect the Chinese population from the constant threat of Mongol invasion. Well, China has recently built and continues to maintain another humongous wall, the Great Firewall of China. Due to this cyber-wall’s existence, all websites on domains such as facebook and wordpress are blocked in the entire country, thus effectively blocking Team Awesome from updating their adventure blog. So, to all vicarious adventurers, one thousand pardons for the delay!
Enjoy a few pictures from our time in Beijing!
Up next: Updates from the Trans-Siberian Railway as the Year of Fun takes the adventure up north!