Today I sit in the Hutong hostel, empty stomach and sun shining on me through the window. In an hour and 43 minutes we will be driving to the airport, in 4 and 58 minutes we will be sitting on a plane to Hanoi, Vietnam. Beijing has been wonderful and fancy large promenades and giant cities full of palaces built for one man; The Emperor. Yet now we have to farewell these palaces which seem so ubiquitous but are really quite rare. Its not that I am not super excited to finally go to Vietnam its just that I really like China. We had a great time here like when we took the 20 minute taxi ride to the summer palace. Everyone had corn.

didn't we have corn and where was it coming from?

Cian loves corn, and he was so busy in his determined search for it to take in the detailed paintings of birds on every beam and marbel boats made for empresses who enjoyed watching boats being sailed. All he wanted was this corn. Of course3 we spent our whole visit looking around at the beauty of the Summer Palace but we also spent a hell of a long time looking for some corn. We just wanted one cob. We took on a detective like idea as we calculated how far each person hoing in to the corn was to determine how far the corn seller was away and in which direction they were coming from. And then we found her!!! A lady with beady eyes and a bag full of pale miserable looking corn. We bought one slightly hesitant (we had to buy one, it was a huge deal finding it) and took a bite. It was...

Well pretty gross, I mean seriously how can you make corn taste that bad?

Anyway, we got back and had a big yummy chinese lunch and the ill tasting corn was forgotten.

Today is our 2 month anniversary!!!! I can't believe how quick it has passed. 2 months ago I'd never set foot in Asia. Now I've probably travelled through it more than most.

Did I tell you about Tuesday dumpling night? It's really great. Everyone in the hostel comes together to make 100s (I'm not overexagurating) of dumpling and then eats ALL of them together and it was SO fun!!! Most of the dumplings turned out dishevelled miserable blobs made by Me and Maeve but even these were delicious...

So goodbye China, Happy 2-monthaversary and farewell,

the final question must be:

Which was more important? The Summer Palace or The Corn on the Cob?
Often the most interesting things are best watched and not performed. This is most likeley the case in the curious food zoo of Beijing. THis is where we ate last night. Live scorpions crawling in the air on the end of skewers, silk worms barbecued, black hairy turantulars, sheep penis, sheep testicles and snake were all on the menu and all on skewers. Rows and rows of stalls selling skewerd EVERYTHING lined the streets. Unfortunateley, although it was amazing to watch, eating the selection there proved less enjoyable. Stall keepers tried to rip off any westener who passed and all the (normal)  meat skewers were undercooked and mediocre. But watching Cian eat a silkworm satay and chicken heart was worth all the dissapointing food!!!

The grossest part was that he loved both silk worm and chicken heart.....
Ick. The day started marvelously with a traditional breakfast of dumplings and rice milk with fried churros style sticks for dipping. We spent the morning walking around the beuatiful lake Hui Ha Ha. Its actually name was  Huiha but dad pronounced it funny and it was hilarious. For lunch we shared an anorexic duck on the lakes edge while we watched live ducks swim by. And then toTHE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN which was great.

Beijing is proving to be wonderful....And  curious