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Forbidden City
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I have to head out for dinner with the group soon, so here’s another less-talky-more-looky photo post. 🙂 These are from our jaunt to the Forbidden City… after our morning of training that day, we spent hours walking through the place in blistering heat, and I was beyond exhausted, but it was worth the time. The exhibits in this place mainly focused on the...

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Goodbye Shichahai
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Today was our last day of training at Shichahai, which makes me an unhappy monkey. We’re repacking and consolidating our things tonight, because we’re leaving Beijing early tomorrow and heading to Xi’an, and then we’ll be off to Tai’an a couple days after that. It *is* cool that we’ll get to see other parts of China outside of Beijing, but we could’ve easily spent...

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Summer Palace
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I’m rewinding a bit with some random snaps from the Summer Palace, on one of the first hazy days of my stay here. If I’d had my way, I’d have probably gone there later in the day, when the sun wasn’t so high, but the first few days were long and tighly-scheduled. Lunch and dinner were also scheduled, and with all the training and...

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Things I Take For Granted
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After being in Beijing for even a short while, you realize there are more than a few things that you take for granted in the U.S. These are just two of them. Potable water. We were all informed that we shouldn’t ingest any of the water straight from the tap in China, and that we should make sure to boil it first. We get...

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Hitting the (Great) Wall
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Today was Day 3 of training, which meant: conditioning! It wasn’t as terrifying as I feared, but it was still pretty rough, after all of the other things we’ve been doing, and my abs hurt like a mother. I’m really, really glad I’ve been doing so much circuit training over the past 2 months, because I wouldn’t have made it through otherwise. It feels...

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Entering the mothership
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It seems fitting to start with the whole reason I’m here: the training! We got up bright and early on our first morning here, so we could make it over to Shichahai for the a.m training session. We arrived on the campus with no real idea of what to expect, but I have to admit that, when we arrived at a small outdoor track,...

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