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Homeward Bound

These two weeks flew. There is so much about Beijing I haven't had time to share. Like how inexpensive everything here is - taxis, restaurant meals, groceries. So we dined like kings and it was all super affordable. We sampled so many cuisines: Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese ... and of course, Chinese. And how Beijing is changing at a prodigious rate, possibly in anticipation of hosting the Olympics in 2022 but also because the city is expanding to include all the space between Beijing and Tianjin, with an anticipated population of over 80 million. That figure just blows this particular Canadian's mind.

But I leave you with some final pics to illustrate some highlights of the last few days:

Pojagi cat at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Pojagi cat at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A jacket made from bamboo!

A jacket made from bamboo!

Close-up of the bamboo

Close-up of the bamboo

I went on a Hutong tour with my friend, Megan. A shout out to our guide, Jeremiah!

I went on a Hutong tour with my friend, Megan. A shout out to our guide, Jeremiah!

Dumplings filled with soup? How do you eat those?

Dumplings filled with soup? How do you eat those?

Nibble an edge and slurp out the yummy broth, then eat the meatball inside

Nibble an edge and slurp out the yummy broth, then eat the meatball inside

Delicious Vietnamese iced coffee

Delicious Vietnamese iced coffee

Cool building called "The Pants" for obvious reasons

Cool building called "The Pants" for obvious reasons

Just had to buy some linen at the ginormous fabric market

Just had to buy some linen at the ginormous fabric market

This is just one of dozens of corridors in the market buildings

This is just one of dozens of corridors in the market buildings