Page 12 of Patricia Somewhere Travel Blog Posts

Asia » China » Guangxi » Guilin April 3rd 2006

Hell Flight: I must share my experience at the flight from Beijing to Guangxi. After just a few minutes in the plane, I started to fear that I would not arrive alive in Guilin, not because of a plane crash, but because the bad breath of the man by my side was going to kill me. I am not exagerating. It was lethal!!! Thanks to finding a strongly smelling lotion in my bag, which I practically put inside my nose, I am still alive to write to you. A troll to the bathroom revealed that we were 2 of the 3 non-chinese people on the packed flight. The bathroom smelled soooooooo horrible and the floor and toilet were sooooo completely wet. Needless to say, I had to go back to my seat and hardly breath for ... read more
Hills of Guilin
moon Hill Peak
Typical minority clothing

Asia » China » Beijing April 2nd 2006

HOSPITAL I couldn't resist visiting a hospital just a block away from my hotel. It was a beautiful old building and on Sunday, at 8 in the morning, I wandered in. To my surprise, it was very spacious and clean. There was a directory on the wall, and in English I could read endocrinology. I started stopping everyone who walked by, and finally an young nurse spoke a little bit of English. Soon, I was at the 3rd floor, where she left me. Now the trouble began: how to explain what I was doing there? The nurses did not understand me, and I kept repeating "doctor". Eventually an young doctor appeared and after I convinced him (it took about 10-15 minutes) that I was just a curious turist, interested in health care and diabetes, he was ... read more
The hospital
Me at a Bike parking lot

Asia » China » Beijing April 2nd 2006

The Great Wall started to be constructed in 220 BC and was built over successive dynasties. The purpose was protection against the nomadic tribes from the north, like the Mongolians. Attempted attacks were anounced but the smoke from the many tower the wall has. The Great Wall is said to snakes like a gragon at the neck of the gragon is Beijing. Badaling section of the GW is closest to Bejing, but we went to a section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is less crowded with tourists and 2 hours from Beijing. The drive there gave us the opportunity to get to know some of the 17 people sharing our mini bus. A young couple from New Zealand who just spent 2 years teaching English in Japan, a guy from Pakistan working on developing ... read more
The Great Wall at Mutianyum
Brasileiros e Amanda na Mulhara

Asia » China » Beijing April 1st 2006

McDonald's, Starbucks, and KFC are everywhere, and packed with Chinese. It's hard to understand while they are willing to pay a lot (compared to Chinese food) to eat our greasy unhealthy food, while their cuisine offers an enormous variety of fresh food. We must confess, however, that we did go into a McDonald's, just to check it out. The menu included the usual hamburger and fries, but also had a chinese soup, "taro" (like yucca) or pineapple pies, and fried chicken leg. No, we did not try any of these items, but we had to order the soft serve vanilla ice cream dipped in dark chocolate. It was delicious and it cost only 47 cents!!! We really liked the "hot pot", where we cooked our own food on boiling water at the table. We managed the ... read more
Scorpion Anyone?

Asia » China » Beijing April 1st 2006

Ni Hao again. (Pequena versao em portugues no final) Amanda and I are having a blast exploring Beijing. We have estimated that 98% of the thousands of tourists here are orientals and 2% Westerners. Of these 2%, 99% are Europeans. Thus, it feels like we are the only ones from the US or Brazil. It's interesting walking on grounds that have be "civilized" for more than 3,000 years and with a population of 1.3 billion people. Beijing is huge, busy, smoggy, and very modernized, for the most part. This is truly a land of opposites, where the ancient and the modern collide. We have explored the popular sites but also some off the bitten path ones. We have been brave enough to venture pedicab rides, from hutongs (ancient courtyards houses on small alleys, rich neighborhoods of ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing March 31st 2006

Ni Hao (Hello, Oi) everybody. Amanda and I have made it to Beijing. 23 1/2 hours total, from home to hotel. Beijing is smoggy but not as cold as we expected. First breakfast was, let's say, adventurous and surprisingly tasty!!! Here are first photos after several minutes trying to figure out the computer commands in Chinese. ... read more
Chinese Breakfast
Veggies for Breakfast

North America » United States » Florida » Gainesville March 27th 2006

Hello there. Every year we get to to pretend to go back in time during the Medieval Fair. The kids love it! Knights, magicians, music, shows, turkey leg eaten by hand... Eh um festival cultural. Amanda volunteers every year and this time Patricia and Diana helped at the fair as well. Neno: lembra quando o "rei" o batizou de King of Brazil? Pois, eh. Aquele rei e rainha, bonitos e engracados, dvem ter se mudado pra outro reino. O casal real deste ano nao agradou muito aos subitos Moreira-Cali. Let me know if you are enjoying the blog. Beijos PMC... read more
Amanda, Patricia, Vanessa e "knight"
Yannick & Manuel being knighted

North America » United States » Florida » Gainesville March 5th 2006

It's that time of the year. The weather hasn't decided about staying cold or getting hot yet. Mixed days tease our impulses to pursue outdoor activities. But the greatest join is found on the trees and bushes, awakening from the leafless state to gorgeous colorful beauty. See my nectatine tree.... read more
nectarine tree I planted
the pond down the street
flowers painting the sky

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