I like the idea of leaving the computer shut off on weekends in order to enjoy more fully what China has to offer. In this and the next entry: Beijing nightlife.
We left off with me at Jiujiu's hotel, the Jade Palace. In the evening, a friend (Karen) -- a Fulbright student studying art in Shanghai -- met me at the hotel and we left to meet up with another friend (Char) for dinner. Afterwards Char and I went to a bar in Sanlitun, the name of which I can't remember -- will have to take pictures of place names, Memento-style. After that I went to another place, Space, to meet another Fulbrighter studying the Chinese media. This guy somehow knows me from Overland Park, but I don't remember how... maybe Chinese school? When he and Karen were going through Fulbright orientation she recognized the name of his hometown, Overland Park, and when she asked if he knew me, he recognized my name. Small world.
(Sanlitun is one of the notable bar districts in Beijing (there aren't many), populated mostly by English-speaking expats. The bar patrons are, as you might guess, young and well-to-do, and depending on the night you go you may meet a future friend or the very embodiment of everything you hate about the world. In other words: this is the place to meet people.)
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