Off to the Far East of China today ready to cross over to North Korea on Tuesday. I'm getting more accustomed to Beijing now which, whilst not the prettiest city on earth, is nonetheless, interesting in parts. I went to a Lama temple yesterday and walked by a lake, lost myself in the hutongs and bought some tacky souvenirs. Most of my day though was spent trying to get some money as no bank accepted my bankcard and you can only change hard cash in banks, (and on a Sunday few are open). All sorted now but a bit scary for a while. What do you do in China when you run out of cash?
I met a Breton guy last night named Nicolas who has just returned from a gruelling 4-week intensive training kung fu camp. Obviously he spotted in me someone with similar levels of fitness and mental discipline and to celebrate he took me to his favourite restaurant. Wang Pan Zi is a chain which specialises in donkey meat. Never eaten donkey before and had not realised what I was missing. Extremely tasty, the nearest thing I can compare it to is beef or maybe dog. Anyway, if you get the chance, go donkey, that's all I can say. Plus it's cheap so I went back for breakfast this morning.
It also helps to work off a hangover.
Uncle Travelling Matt