How exciting! Its morning here in Beijing and we were meant to be getting up very early to visit the Great Wall, but when the alarm went off we convinced ourselves that it was going to rain today and we were better off sleeping in and trying tomorrow. Now that we are up its not raining of course. Infact from my position in the hostel lobby here I can see people outside with sun umbrellas. Its almost too bright to look without sunglasses. Anyway, its nice to have a lie in on your birthday.
So, I've reached the grand old age of 29. Which feels great, especially since at the moment I'm still bumming around china and I don't have a proper job, or even a house or a car come to think of it! My present from Steven was a special carved wooden stamp which stamps my name in Mandarin. I had no idea he managed to get one for me! It is sooooo cool. At some point in the future I want to make a chinese style embroidery/painting, and now I can stamp my own name in red ink at the bottom.
Instead of visiting the Great Wall today, we are going to walk around the Forbidden City. Then this evening we are going out for a fancy peking duck meal. Life is pretty good. Plus in just over 2 weeks we are going to be in Hong Kong, which is like Mecca for camera people. I am almost drooling already.
Oh, thank you for your comments below! I'm going to try and upload a video later, although until the hostel instal Steven's new electrical system they have the occasional power cut, so I'll see how I go.
EDIT: I believe my blog runs on GMT, so I haven't forgotten, my birthday is actually the 15th :)