Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Greetings from Asia!
This is a great video. The guy's courage was amazing. Yesterday, we (the copilot and myself) walked down Tiananmen Square in addition to touring the Forbidden City. The immensity of it all was amazing. It's the largest public square in the world. I won't bore you with dimensions, etc, but I will say it's huge. Everything about Beijing is huge. We walked all over yesterday and felt very safe even though at times it seemed like there was no other "round eyes" in the city. If I didn't know better I would have thought the People's Republic of China was just that - a republic with capitalism as it's economic system. There were shopping malls everywhere. Largely in part to the Olympics, Beijing has become a bustling westernized city. The people were very friendly, many spoke English, and it seemed most of them wanted to take us to the Great Wall. There was no time this trip, but maybe I'll do it next time. Overall, I was very impressed with the Chinese and can definitely see why, if we're not careful, they WILL own us. I'm back in Tokyo today and tomorrow I'm off to Bangkok. I'll try to post some personal pictures in the near future. I misplaced my camera for a bit, so all the pictures I took in Beijing are on my phone and I don't know how to download them yet. It's been quite an adventure and I'm really enjoying it despite a bit of homesickness. Sometimes I wonder if I should pay them to do this job . .