The Olympic Park
The Olympic grounds had been built on razed farmland. We were told all the displaced farmers had been given jobs and a better apartment than the farmhouses they’d lived in. Everyone’s happy; a win-win.
To get to the entrance of the Park, a busy highway had to be negotiated by foot. The bus had been parked on the other side. Although busy, the hazards of crossing (four-lanes? can’t be sure now) presented less chance of being run over than in the midst of the city if you timed your jaunt.
At long last, we were free to wander the grounds. I found our time there boring, however. The sun smirked overhead. Paved walkways, expansive stone-tiled and bricked thoroughfare stretched miles ahead, too bright and stripped of real shade. Thank goodness for hats and sunglasses. It felt a clear day and I noticed no smog todate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtjogMtnrjw (published Feb. 2014, 2.53 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12e3c6mAzfQ (published May 2014, 9.45 min)
I recall hawkers in the open and sellers of tourist knick-knacks in stall after stall after stall, along one side of the center road. These were actually white tents four or five feet wide with a flap raised on some as a sunshade. At intervals, empty stretches separated one cluster from another. The disappointment lay in discovering they all carried the same products! Every one.
One of the last ones, a larger tent, provided a digital opportunity for a mock emperor and concubine, or possibly his queen. Ernesto and Lorena, known for their carefree style, donned the costumes provided and had their royal photo taken.
Another frustration surfaced: no open exhibits.
As we left the Park, we ladies inquired about washrooms. Somebody spied one and pointed. “No, you won’t like that one,” Robert said. “See there? That’s a good one.” We’d heard a similar declaration several times now. I wondered in what way it might be different and not to our liking.
NO matter what was served for any of our meals, I would never starve. It struck me, though, lunch and dinner dishes were quite similar, with lot of repeats. Time will tell.
Lunch was served at a restaurant not far from Olympic Village. From where we sat, I saw back-to-back orange hoods / like half pods or huge footballers’ helmets and wondered what they were. Phone booths. Say what? Two by two they appeared on the sidewalk, back to back, closer than girlfriends. Migrants and low income workers use these phone ‘booths.’ For pictures, click below.
- White rice
- Tea (always hot and ready)
- Pork meatballs
- Chicken with cabbage and carrots
- Kung Pow chicken
- Rice (with duck meat)
- Deep fried pork
- Cucumbers with chicken\
- Deep fried battered fish
- Egg drop soup
- Sliced watermelon for dessert
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Some Quick Facts about Telephones:
- Everyone has a cell phone, sometimes two
- Use text message vs. phone because it’s cheaper
- Two providers: China Mobile and China Unicom
- Phone fee 200 Yuan per month or $40.
- Use’ You Chat’ a lot
- Apartment rent 2 bedrooms $1,000 per month
- Condo rent good location $1,600 per month (depending on that location)
- Condos, 2-bedroom, 1,000 square metres, 1 toilet
- Condos cost $6,000 per square metre
- 1,000 metres = $600,000 per condo
- A house and garage, minimum price 30,000,000 Yuan or FIVE million U.S. dollars
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July 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm
I wonder how many of those displaced farmers were as happy as the propaganda led us to believe they were. I suspect not all were too happy about their forced relocation. Others, I’m sure, were thrilled.
July 19, 2014 at 9:51 am
I don’t believe the propaganda. I read an article way back when this occurred and I believe THAT article. Homeless people is what lots became.
I recall another article about couples divorcing when they were given so called housing. A couple were allowed one room but as a divorced couple, they were two separate people and got one room each. It took the government a while to catch on. On the other hand, once some couples divorced, some didn’t want to stay together anymore. 😀 All this around the rime of Olympic preparation.
July 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
Talk about tearing lives apart.
July 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm
Do little people, the poor, those without power ever have anything to say?
July 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm
Did you see any of the so-called ‘ghost cities’ during your visit? 60 Minutes (the CBS news show) did a segment not long ago on the more than 60 million empty apartments and condos (not to mention hundred of thousands of square feet of retail space in huge malls) that have been built but remain unoccupied throughout China. Apparently a lot of them have been purchased as ‘investments’, but no one actually lives there (so I’m not sure how that’s considered a good investment!) Very strange!
July 19, 2014 at 9:57 am
No, we didn’t SEE them but I’ve since learned about them. I don’t understand the over-construction and the fancy-smancy malls. I recently read some investors are planning to EXPAND retail space and the malls are empty. No business. What ARE they thinking?
We saw lots of empty apartment building, as if they’d been forgotten, cast aside or abandoned. Our guides all told us the expectation was the people from outside the cities were scrambling to move out of the country.
I met a couple at a dinner party recently, who had been to China 17 years ago. Over construction evident back then as well.
Makes no sense. Sounds like, ‘If you build it, they will come.’
Isn’t working, is it? Maybe because there are so many poor and real estate is climbing too fast and too high. The money hasn’t trickled down far enough.
July 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Interesting that you noticed no smog to date. I certainly expected differently. The lunch looks good. The rest very devoid of nature and yes, thank goodness for hats and sunglasses. Am interested in what comes next.
July 19, 2014 at 9:58 am
Thank you for still coming along for the ride. Nice to have you with us. Yes, indeed. That is the question. What comes next?
July 19, 2014 at 10:10 am
July 19, 2014 at 10:32 am
July 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm
Looks like the lies that are told to placate the tourists never end……. Then again people are the same everywhere….. ans so are the politicians…………… 😛
July 19, 2014 at 10:00 am
Yes. Not everyone, everywhere can hide everything all the time. I had read about farmers left to scrabble on their own around the time preparations and razing was going on. Nothing is free
July 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm
Sighs……. such is life….
July 20, 2014 at 6:53 am
July 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm
So are you going to tell us about the bathrooms-that-shouldn’t-be-entered? You’ve made me curious.
July 19, 2014 at 10:06 am
We didn’t go inside the ones we were discouraged from. What I’ve read since, I wonder if they aren’t open areas without doors or walls with a long community channel in the floor. Privacy isn’t something they understand. 😦
July 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Glad you didn’t get run over on the highway! yikes!
July 19, 2014 at 10:06 am
It was safer than traffic in town. Anyway, crossing over to the park was the most exciting part of this part of the tour.
July 19, 2014 at 10:09 am
Well not sure if that is good or bad? 🙂
July 19, 2014 at 10:32 am
Boring, boring couple of hours.
July 19, 2014 at 10:37 am
Too bad! 😦
July 19, 2014 at 10:53 am
Oh well. I remember this as only one low point.
July 19, 2014 at 10:55 am
Yes in traveling there have to be some of these to make the great ones stand out! /)
July 19, 2014 at 11:00 am
July 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm
I need to come back and read this later…..but I just had to tell you what happened to me. remember how you got advice from someone before your trip to China (and I chimed in as well….) about packing an extra set of clothes? well…..I flew into Chicago tonight to celebrate my aunt’s 95th birthday (going home Sunday) but my bag didn’t make it 😦 I’m about to hit the hay but had to come and comment here since I remember we were talking about that. you never think it’s going to happen to you…….I got here 4 hours ago and they still haven’t located it. most of my favorite clothes were in that bag 😦 however, there are worse things and if it doesn’t show up by the time breakfast is over, we’re going shopping!!! whee!!! okay, time to snooze. back later to read this post…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
July 18, 2014 at 11:38 pm
packing an extra set of clothes in your carry on that is…..
July 19, 2014 at 10:10 am
Yes, I understood and paid close attention. My carry-one was as valuable as gold. 🙂
July 19, 2014 at 10:10 am
Oh nooooooo! I remember your advice and I packed two sets of change in my carry-on.
In a way I want to giggle but it wasn’t funny, was it? So, I guess you ended up shopping?
July 19, 2014 at 10:15 am
Going shortly 🙂
July 19, 2014 at 10:33 am
Don’t spend all your money… Yet.
July 19, 2014 at 10:41 am
talked to the nicest (so far) guy at Sun Country who remains hopeful that they will locate it. and I have “permission” to buy a reasonably priced outfit for today. and another one tomorrow if bag doesn’t show up today….and on it goes. there are worse things in life and I have a huge support system around me so things are looking up 🙂 Yes, let THIS be a lesson to me huh? ah…..the best laid plans of mice and men….
July 19, 2014 at 10:58 am
Maybe this experience will turn up roses. 😀
I can’t believe we can share stories like this because of something back three months ago. Gosh. I DO love my blogging community. Thanks for sharing, Toby. 🙂
July 20, 2014 at 12:30 am
my bag was found! it went to Detroit even though it was clearly labeled for Chicago…..we went to pick it up this morning. dare I check it on the way home? I really don’t like the idea of taking it on the plane with me….not to mention hoisting it up into the overhead. but at least I’d be going home and IF it happened again I will have other clothes to wear. having a great time in spite of the darn lost bag 🙂 Agreed – I love the blogging community too!! nighty nite….bigger family reunion tomorrow. fun, fun, fun!!
July 20, 2014 at 7:04 am
When we left Toronto for stop-off in Chicago before taking off for Beijing, our luggage changed planes ahead of us. I was worried it wouldn’t arrive when we did but thanks to my blogging buddy, I had changes of clothes with me.
Have fun. Glad you found your bag. Good times. Enjoy! 😀 😀 ❤
July 19, 2014 at 2:31 am
A other great travelog. Sounds as though you were out in the sun too long though. The food sounds wonderful.
July 19, 2014 at 10:14 am
I agree, the food was tasty. It wasn’t blistering hot but boring, boring, boring. Nothing was open to see. We were left to complain and compare the tourist trinkets. Ugh.
July 19, 2014 at 10:26 am
I think it is very bad when that sort of thing happens! There you are marooned in the hot sun with no shade and nothing to do … except send your hard earned cash! …… Strikes me as a scam! But you made it enjoyable reading!
July 19, 2014 at 10:36 am
Thank you. It will get better but I believe that’s my worst memory. Must check my notebook. Already I’ve forgotten so much about the trip and it was only three months ago? Three months already? Where has the time gone?
July 19, 2014 at 10:39 am
I know it is hurtling toward August…August where has the year gone…. the time thief is on the prowl!! 😉
July 19, 2014 at 10:55 am
Good thing I’m not a violent woman or I’d trip that thief and let him fall on his face. Yeah. *brushes hands* Now I feel lots better. 😀
July 19, 2014 at 11:08 am
You certainly clocked his face! Tied his hands up and momentarily dispensed with him!!! 😉
July 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm
Tied up like a hog. L0D
July 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm
July 19, 2014 at 4:03 am
I watched a documentary about farmers having their land taken and being given jobs and homed instead. The jobs were slave labour often hundreds of miles from home and the homes were squalid unfinished hovels!
July 19, 2014 at 10:16 am
I agree and what about the ones who had never been anywhere else and were lost and couldn’t leave because they were broken-hearted. Propaganda…
July 19, 2014 at 4:23 am
Unlike most Olympic parks of the past, I wonder if this one would be put to good use?
July 19, 2014 at 10:20 am
If you take a peek at the videos, this one is used but I don’t know if any of the buildings are ever open. They were closed when we were there. They promote it as a place to exercise and of course it’s a place for hawkers…
I came across something that mentioned the place was falling into ruin. Guess concensus to make use of it was reached. It’s free entrance.
July 19, 2014 at 9:37 am
At these prices the closest I’ll get to China is the take out joint 10 blocks away. Shrimp/broccoli, white rice my fav.
July 19, 2014 at 10:30 am
The food WAS good. 🙂
July 19, 2014 at 10:22 am
The food pic reminds me of the food in Hong Kong, I must say that I longed for South African food after a while.
July 19, 2014 at 10:35 am
Funny how you long for familiar food. I could have gone for a burger or pizza several times before our 24-day trip ended. We could have had KFC or MacDonalds but why pay extra when everything is already paid? 😀
July 19, 2014 at 10:44 am
I agree with you, Tess, we had a similar situation. 🙂
July 19, 2014 at 10:58 am
Back home now and all is better in the world. 🙂 ❤
July 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
I nominated you for The Most Influential Blogger Award. Congratulations! I don’t follow the rules, but you may wish to check out the person who nominated me, who has the rules and ways to accept the award. I just like to spread the awards around and get others to check out posts I enjoy! I have enjoyed reading your posts lately! Smiles, Robin
July 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm
THANK YOU, Robin. This is a huge honor. The truth is I don’t follow rules either and have stopped accepting awards about a year ago. You have,however, Made. My. Day. 🙂 ❤ ❤
July 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Look at that gorgeous blue sky.
I think I could live with that rotating menu.
July 20, 2014 at 6:52 am
I cannot complain about the food. It’s isn’t like what we buy in China town or in North American Chinese restaurants but reminds you of the newfangled food sold in the the west.
July 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm
I so enjoy following along your travels and your thoughts. This one was interesting, those who were displaced lost much with the Olympics.
July 20, 2014 at 6:57 am
Indeed they did. Most of the farmers had never been in a city or off their land and didn’t know any other kind of life. Of course, what does the little man count for when the big machine speaks?
July 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm
HOLY MOLY on the cost of living! I think the food looks very good. But I have to say, the Olympic spot does not look too exciting. Though I would have loved to people watch.
July 20, 2014 at 6:58 am
It’s so HUGE. My poor feet. I would have like to drive through it. The video show gardens and boating opportunities.
July 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm
I’ve got to say, that marble boat looked more intriguing than the Olympic Place. I think I would have appreciated the size of it, and some of it. But I would want to see the old stuff of the country.
July 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm
If you had your bike you could see the w-h-o-l-e area.
We will see some country. Later.
July 21, 2014 at 5:41 am
Ohhhhhhhhh! Now THAT I could get in to. 🙂
Okay, I’m waiting patiently, enjoying the trip as we go.
July 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm
I am not purposely keeping you in suspense. The subject came up, sooooooo, I had to give you an answer. 😀
July 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm
😀 Purposefully or not, I don’t mind suspense. Honestly, I’m not in a hurry for you to finish. It’s nice to have something specific to look forward to. 🙂
July 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm
Forgot to mention. Why can’t use a little validation in our busy world?
July 22, 2014 at 5:52 am
Amen to that, why can’t we indeed.
July 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm
I do believe I meant, WHO couldn’t use a little validation.
July 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm
🙂 All of us! 😉
July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm
July 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm
Food looked quite appetizing. Surprised the aquatics center had nothing going on. Is the park just open to visitors or is it used as a training camp for various sports?
July 20, 2014 at 7:00 am
I do believe our guide told us the aquatic centre is used for training but it was off limits. Nothing was open to look inside. Bummer and nothing else to do but spend money on trinkets. There are gorgeous gardens and water boats but we didn’t know then and it was miles and miles of walking. Who knew?
July 20, 2014 at 8:20 am
Sounds very disappointing. I would have looked forward to it and been bummed too. Too bad. I always wonder what happens to Olympic facilities once the event is over. So much $$ going into a venue that doesn’t necessarily have a terribly functional application in the long run. Makes me wonder if it’s worth it. Just sayin’
July 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Here are a few stories:
July 20, 2014 at 11:17 pm
July 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm
July 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm
You do well with the symbols, lol. Better than I!
July 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm
I don’t know how this started but it’s f-u-n.
July 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm
July 20, 2014 at 11:28 pm
This was an excellent photo roundup, Tess. Thanks so much for the link!
July 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm
You are welcome. ❤
July 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm
July 20, 2014 at 2:01 am
I’ve been in the channel no door toilets…awkward. The pricing of condos and houses made my mouth drop. The food pic, made it water, my kind of food. Smiles x
July 20, 2014 at 7:07 am
Awkward. Glad we were warned and redirected.
I don’t know how the poor survive. Real estate keeps rising but there is lots of waste as well: all the over construction.
July 20, 2014 at 3:09 am
Wow! So expensive to buy a house. Gosh. I am not surprised although I know next to nothing about the Chinese economy. But wow the food looks so yummy! Do you miss it? I would! 🙂
July 20, 2014 at 7:13 am
We saw some houses as we arrived in old parts of Beijing, falling hovels. Lots were being dismantled. All you see everywhere are towering apartments, row on row on row.
The food was good but not quite as tasty as we buy in the west at Chinese stores. I found little zing in the food except sweet and sour chicken. The noodles were delish.
July 20, 2014 at 7:19 am
July 21, 2014 at 1:04 am
their apt rental costs are in-line with ours. Interesting.
I had to laugh about the toilet diversion–hope you took them up on it.
July 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Rental costs may be in line with ours but not the salaries to support them. And they are tiny.
Certainly. My assumption is the ‘other’ toilets wouldn’t be up to our squeamish westerner sensitivities or such-like. Glad I wasn’t curious or in a hurry. 😮
July 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm
Good points, both of them. 🙂
July 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm
One of the guides told us there’s an expectation of a real estate crash because of escalated rise in prices. 🙂
July 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm
I wonder how the Chinese government defined ‘better house’ and ‘job’.
July 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm
I shake my head. Slave labor wages if at all and supposedly apartments to live in. I read in the paper when they razed the farms people were left on their own. The land belongs to the government. You lease it from them, and even though in some places generations have lived in the same house, the lease is either renewed or not every 70 years. If other plans come up for government, you’re out on your ear.
July 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm
I love you life Tess! You inspire so many around the world in awesome ways! Please continue to keep us up to date on your awesome Asian Adventure!
July 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm
Watch it, Lizardo. I can get used to all this attention. ❤ ❤
July 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm
There always seems to be plenty of food but you have me curious about the washroom? 🙂
July 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm
We didn’t go. If the guide said we wouldn’t like it, good enough. It wasn’t until I came back home and I Googled ‘squats’ that I became more educated than I wanted. Ick.
July 22, 2014 at 9:01 am
I can never really see the point of visiting sporting stadia. In Moscow the tour bus took us to the site of the 1980 Olympic Games. So What? In Barcelona the city tour bus goes to the Nou Camp Football Stadium. So What? In Dublin the city tour bus goes to Croke Park (Gaelic Football). So What? I just don’t get it, I’d rather see the historical sites. The food looks good! Based on your experience would you recommend visiting China?
July 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm
I don’t know about going to an empty Olympic part with nothing to see or do either. This was my first time and none of us knew what to expect. Zilch.
Sounds to me you do all your traveling with friends not a tour. We were insulated in the tour. In the north, there was little English but became more evident as we traveled farther south. Our tour was very good dollar value. We covered a lot of miles in 24 days. Even with the expensive insurance at my age, the trip cost under 5G all inclusive. Some of the ladies wanted more shopping. I don’t care for shopping. As far as learning about the captivating history of China, you get it all.
Doing this without a tour feels it would be complicated because of the language and more expensive.
July 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm
Thanks, that’s useful. I would only do China on an organised itinerary.
July 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Might be a good idea.
July 23, 2014 at 4:37 am
Oh Tess, I’m so late for the tour, but I was there with you, honestly, got a bit lost in the crowds but I’m here now, phew! I love how you described the ‘sun smirked overhead’. I can understand you saying you were bored at the Olympic Stadium. It would seem like a bereft sort of a place I would imagine. I can’t believe how much it is for a house with a garage over there, yowzer!!! As always, the food looks wonderful, but I’m a sucker for Chinese 😀 ❤
July 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm
Yes, we had an extreme tour. Nothing open and nothing to see except walk for miles to nothing. I didn’t even know about the gardens and boating until I came home and Googled the Olympic Park. Sigh.
You’ve been busy. Never worry coming by late. I’ll always keep the porch light on. ❤ ❤
July 28, 2014 at 8:48 am
Oh that’s a shame…but at least you can say you’ve been there I suppose…
Ahh, love that, no wonder I was able to see my way around even though I came by so late…that porch light is ever so welcoming and warm…just like you my friend ❤ ❤ ❤
July 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm
It warms the cockles of my heart to see you keeping up with my little adventure. You have a good one yourself. ❤ ❤ ❤
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July 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Oh I nearly missed this instalment! Those property prices are much more expensive than I would have imagined! How strange that all the stalls should sell the same things. I like the look of the food more than the olympic park 🙂
July 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm
I don’t get it. How can the small ‘shopkeeper’ make any headway. If you don’t like the negotiation at one stall, you go to the next. How low can they go? How do they make a living? I know everyone is equal. Is that why they have equal / the same products? Mind-bending subject.
July 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Tess – Not only are you entertaining but educating those of us that haven’t been to China all at the same time. I’m so glad you went as I’ve never had a desire to travel in the east. I have no idea why as I’ve been game for everything else in the world including the Amazon River and even my brothers wouldn’t consider that trip.
All the years I traveled with my work, I was fortunate to stay in each place anywhere from 3 weeks to a year. I never knew how long I’d be in any one place. I normally liked the longer stays as I had an opportunity to learn more about the culture and travel about the country to get a real feel for the country. On the other hand, I’m truly impressed with all you’ve been able to experience with a planned tour. It tickles me all the way up to my ears that you were not only able to have this trip but are willing to share it with all of us. Thank you.
July 25, 2014 at 10:51 pm
I never had designs on China. The whole trip was a complete fluke but I am now glad it happened, gift or fluke. I’m grateful I’m a blogger and can share my observations not only because I’m happy to share, but it gives me the reason to decipher my notes and type them for future memories. My daughter has no idea about my trip yet..A crisp, typed copy for her perusal will be perfect for her. And then I have my growing and curious granddaughters with whom I’d like to share this educational experience.
I enjoy a number of travel blogs and the people who share their adventures have shown me how helpful it is to share. As well, the tour guides have been generous in sharing information that I scribbled as best I could and hoped I’d make out when the time came to transcribe.
You are a joy to converse with, Sheri. You are forever more curious and energetic than you anyone might expect. I become tired simply thinking of how much you accomplish in a day. ❤ ❤ ❤
July 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Now it’s my turn to blush. I love the idea of your sharing your adventure with your granddaughters. This will shape them in more ways than either one of us can imagine. I follow a wonderful blog http://dealingwithcopd.wordpress.com and Bill frequently talks about his relationship with his only granddaughter and he also writes letters to her that he’ll leave behind. He’s stage 4 COPD and the man writes brilliantly. [Like Yourself]!
I have no idea how the universe brought us together, I’m grateful that it did. Much love, Sheri
July 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm
Hello, finally had a chance to read this and look at the photos. This is so interesting. I like the IBM Building. My friend went to China with her sister and brother-in-law when her sister was adopting a baby. During the sight-seeing phase of the trip, they tried not to drink a lot of liquids during the day so they wouldn’t have to use the public bathrooms which were totally lacking in privacy.
July 25, 2014 at 11:40 pm
We were lucky. On many occasions, we were told, “You won’t like that one.” Instead we were redirected to ones with stalls and at least once choice of a pedestal toilet. 🙂
July 27, 2014 at 8:47 am
Ah, the luxuries we take for granted, huh? 😀
July 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm
So true. It wasn’t till I got home and decided to Google washrooms (can’t recall what drove me to do that), that I began to understand what they didn’t want us to see or experience. 🙂
September 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm
Shape of a torch. I was thinking parrot, lol!
And the phone booths look much like those in Brazil.
For the toilets, it might have been those mentioned here.
September 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm
😀 😀 😀
I know, I wondered as well, torch?
Brazil? Well, I don’t need to visit there now, do I? Now I know what their phone booths look like. 😀 😀
I keep learning new things after this trip and this blog about it.
Thanks so much for your interest. ❤
October 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm
I love all the fun facts, Tess, that give you an idea of what it might be like to live as well as travel there!
October 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm
I chose to include those because they stood out for ME. ❤
Glad you thought they were interesting. ❤
April 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm
Thanks, Naomi. Glad you like them because that’s what interests me. Thank you for still tagging along and commenting. ❤ ❤ ❤
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April 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm
I’m slow, but steady!
April 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm
Seems to me that all modern Olympic venues are propaganda, for their own country (“We’re all gonna make millions!”) and for the rest of the world (Come see how fabulous we are!”) It’s hard to turn Olympic stadiums into some more practical use when the hundreds of thousands of tourists and competitors leave. Would be wonderful to see them turned into universities and/or housing for those in need. Like the displaced farmers. I’ve never found much to admire about Chinese politics and government but then look at the comfy chair I sit in. Who am I to pass judgement?
April 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm
What I don’t understand all some of the cities with apartments and huge malls without people. Is this the government plumping up employment? I hear it’s been going on for y.e.a.r.s.
My 24-day trip with five local flights, 10 hotel stays and a 5-day cruise, including over-the-top-health insurance because of my age, still cost me UNDER $5,000. Yes, I heard about government subsidies. How can they afford that? Since my trip, I have seen advertisements for a similar trip, shorter and double the cost. I could I NOT pass it up and then have the experience of a lifetime. Since I haven’t traveled in almost 20 years to this, this has spoiled me for my next excursion.
The lady I traveled to China with took another trip to Australia, New Zealand and Filipans for about 21 days. The cost 3X more. Yes the flight was farther and less inclusives like meals were included.
April 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm
I have seen pictures of this Olympic Park going to seed. I guess they clean it up. Lots of boating, fabulous gardens and great for walking but no trees. And, nothing to SEE. A lot of these have been neglected after the big days are over. What a waste of money.
April 21, 2015 at 3:53 am
Oh I didn’t know “you chat”, these days they also use “we chat” since facebook is blocked over there, it’s “their facebook”, same pinciple 🙂
April 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm
Indeed. I had trouble logging into my Goggle mail when there. 😦