Yeah, I am pretty exhausted today! We went out from 9:00am until about 5:00pm looking at a long list of possible apartments to live in. That is seriously exhausting work! My husband is out with friends enjoying 北京烤鸭 － Beijing roast duck. You've probably heard of it as Peking Duck, Beijing is famous for it! I would have loved to have gone but I am seriously wiped out and wanted nothing more than to sit in the hotel room and go to bed early... so here I am. This will be a quick post because of how tired I am!
Here is what I wore around Beijing today:
After my first day walking around in jeans, I switched to wearing dresses and I think thats the way to go! This is the J. Crew double v-neck dress in "shadow," my Linea Pelle double wrap leather bracelet, and my J. Crew multi-strand mixed metal necklace. I wore gold sandals with it. Comfy summer dresses like this are the way to go in hot weather, and anywhere else you need to use a Chinese-style toilet... funny, but true, a dress is not only optimal for squatting but also for making sure your clothes don't touch the ground! Who knew I'd openly be talking about toilets and using the bathroom on here?! ha ha!
We went around to about 10 places today in our search for the perfect apartment, and my husband and I have it pretty much narrowed down to two. Both the apartments are great, they are just in different areas of the city and we are debating which area we should live in. One is in the business district which has great restaurants, both Chinese and Western style, as well as nice shops and just an over all new and modern feel to the area. The other apartment is in an area that feels a lot more busy, though I don't know if that is an accurate description - its in walking distance to school and also great shops and restaurants.
But, like I said, one of the areas feels really busy. Think TONS of crazy cars/drivers, bikers, and people walking every which way. Come to think of it, I am going to do a post on crossing the street in China. Its seriously an art form that I haven't quite figured out yet.. so is the driving here... there is a method to the honking. I'll just start with this: we follow the natives because there is no other way to do it. When we crossed the street yesterday we were literally in the middle of the road, buses passing us on one side and cars on the other, with barely a foot on either side of us between us and these vehicles. No one slows down or stops. I thought I was going to maybe die. lol.
Well, I need to cut this short - I am halfway delirious and falling asleep as I type. (Completely arbitrary highlight and italics, proof!)
SOON - more pictures from Beijing, a post on the art form of crossing the street - maybe I'll need a video of this, that may be the only way to capture it... and information on the apartment we choose!
I'll make sure to post really soon!