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The longest Day of my Life

Flight To China

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In my life there has been many days that seem to take forever, but this one is the longest for sure. It started at 5am Mountain Standard Time (MST) 2 hours before sunrise is when Flip and I left for the airport. The first stop was San Francisco CA, there was a delay on the flight so we got to stretch. Then it was the long flight to Beijing, China starting at 2 pm Mountain time. The flight was long and hard, but the good news was beer was free... not that you want to get drunk and wakeup with a hangover in flight. I was too excited to sleep so as I sat there I noticed that the sun was about to set. Well I was wrong. The sun did not set till we got to Beijing at 8 in the Morning Mountain time. So the sun was out for a total of 25 hours. Now my body has no clue what time or day it is. As I write this it is 1 am here in China.


The long flight was the hard part so I thought next it was time to find a place to sleep. The time here was 6 pm after customs and a bus then a subway we were in the Heart of Beijing's Tien Amin Square, It was dark and we were trying to get orientated but we knew that we were not far from the hostel. After a quick look at the map and a short walk we arrived at the Hostel. There were many things that went through my mind on that walk, like I see a police and good thing the signs have english on them. We got to the hostel and decided to go high end and get a room for two it cost a little more but we needed to sleep in comfort not with 8 other people in a dorm room. (Thanks to Paul Martinez for the donation it payed for my room upgrade.)


Saturday morning was early at 5am here 3 pm MST. Our first day was spent walking around Tien Amin Square and hanging at the hostel. The sights and smells are different here but I do see some things form home like McDonalds and KFC. Once we could see the city with the sun out we could see our location is more like old china with small buildings and shops. We walked the streets and alleys for hours. (note everyone spits here. Hock a logie style. Even girls.) One thing you see is lots of people sweeping the street. This is a clean town at least where I am at.
Sunday was the China Flea Market. We took the scenic way around and it turns out we were close just had bad directions. You can never be lost if you don't care where you are going and this is all an adventure to me. The market was cool lots of things to see, knicknacks, art, hand carved stones and so on. I also had my first breakfast street taco thing and it was great all for about 66 cents and now I look for them every day. Well that is it for now. Make sure to check Flipouting.com for more blogs and photos by Flip.IMG_3236


Posted by toby.chavez 19:51 Archived in China

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Great blog enjoyed reading, it's thanksgiving morning here watching the Macy parade having coffee and being thankful for my sons and their adventurous spirit, be well and god bless love. Pa

by Rodolfo Chavez

Great stuff! Have fun Tokyo!

by Ticia Cates

Son it was a blessing talking to u earlier today. Good way to commemorate thanksgiving. Am thankful to have a son like you. You have done a terrific jobof bouncing back. Your ability to pursue adventures is commendable. Glad you decided to join your brother he
'S a good seasoned traveler, please give him my best fatherly regards. God speed !,,,, love pa

Dennis sends his best, he coked very good today, the menu is to rich to write about it, b well pa

by Rudy Chavez

Where are you, what are you doing? Please help make my dream a reality by letting me know what is going on with you so I can be jealous!

by DondeNathan

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