We have come back to Beijing. Its nice to be back in the appartment, having our own rooms again, like coming home. After the pretty sweet sleeper train from Shanghai to Beijing, we met back up with Lihao at his mom's. We missed him so much and were VERY happy to see him again. I went with him to the dentist which was pretty interesting and i had a good long talk with his mom. Later that day we went over to the Olympic village. Very sweet to see the Bird's Nest Stadium, The Water Bubble (swimming Pool) and the Olympic Torch!!! I was very much in the olympic spirit. I bought an olympic flag as well as an american flag and was waving them along with all the other people milling around with their own country flags. Its weird to see so many white people here now, i feel like i stare at them as a Chinese person would. Later that night we wandered around and eventually saw the movie Hancock, but it was dubbed in chinese so we had no idea what was happening hahaha. It was still pretty fun though.
Yesterday we finally went to see the Great Wall. SOOOOOO awesome, i was really excited. Mr. Sur (Lihao's step-dad) was nice enough to drive us there since they own a house near by where he chilled at. There were a ton of people there obviously,but it wasnt so bad. Hillary and I took a cable car to the top while the boys walked. We then proceeded to walk the entire length of the permited wall (most of the wall is not open to the public since it's falling apart). We went to all 20 watch towers, the farther we got away from the middle the better there were less tourists since they were so lazy. It was an amazing place, and i will hopefully have pics soon to show its awesomeness. Afterwards, we went back to the country house with Mr. Sur and he made us a very tasty dinner ( my new favorite food other than dumplings is tomato and egg dish), and we also played ping pong in the basement.
Today, like Hillary said, we finally got to go to Olympic events. We met this guy Dan on the internet who was selling tickets. He's an american that works for some crazy banking company or something in Beijing that gave their employees a bunch of olympic tickets. He cant go to most of them because of work so he wanted to sell them so we snatched them up! Hillary and Alex went and saw a bunch of rowing races and Lihao and I saw Japan vs. Taipei softball game. It was a great game and that guy gave us amazing seats. The japan fans were crazy, dressed up funny and doing awesome chants. There were also these really drunk Canadian people and we helped them, start the wave!! The fans and the energy were totally the best part. Lihao and i tried to show our spirit by wearing US and China flags on our cheeks. It was a close game with japan winning 2 to 1. The game was also super fun since we all guzzled down a ton of chinese beer On the way home tonight, a bunch Hungarian fans came onto the subway all decked out, still chanting. I wish i was part of some big crazy group, maybe the next Olympics we can get one together.
We think we are able to get some more tickets to stuff, Lihao and I got tickets to a women's Basketball game with the US playing on the night of the 15th!!! Lihao might not be able to go but i will for sure!!! I cant connect my hard drive to this computer to upload the photos of the Wall and the game today but hopefully i can try tomorrow. I miss everyone and hope you all are great!! IM going to go back and read all your messages and try to write you back soon. Until then, peace!!