Yesterday I climbed the Great Wall of China. Today I went to the Olympics. Both were totally amazing.
The wall was quite a hike, we spent most of the day climbing around on it and up all the stairs. There were a lot of people there, because the section we went to is part of a restored section where they run ski lifts up to the top of the hill and from there you can climb the wall. It was so exciting to finally see it with my own eyes.
Today was Olympic day at last! Alex and I went to see rowing, and Kailey and Lihao went to see softball. It has been much easier to get tickets in pairs, so we've just been splitting up events. It hasn't been all that difficult to buy tickets, apparently the Chinese just don't know about craigslist. We just have to be careful not to get fake ones. The stands at rowing were more than half empty though, I don't understand why people can't get tickets when so many events are empty. We saw so much rowing though, single sculls, doubles, quads, even a few 6 and 8 seaters! There were some of the lower finals, F and C I think, but then we got to watch all the qualifying semi finals which was very exciting. The energy in the crowd was amazing. It was funny to see so many people dressed up in their countries colors with their faces painted, and chinese women kept getting in trouble for trying to use their umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun in the stands, and they would hold the closed umbrella over their faces. I was glad about the no umbrella rule though, or we wouldn't have been able to see anything. It was very hot in the stands, but the smog was so thick today that I could look directly at the sun and barely see where it was.
After the rowing Alex and I went to the Lama Temple Restaurant- which was amazing. We had this crazy dish with shrimp and squid and what we thought was potatos but was actually little eggs. Then we met up with Kailey and Lihao at McDonalds where Lihao attempted to eat thirty chicken mcnuggets in 12 minutes and failed. (he did eat 25 though).
Its crazy to realize that we are coming home in about a week. In a weird way I've gotten used to it here, its hard to accept that normal things at home still exist.