So tomorrow I check out. This dump specifies kicking out time is 12:00 but the cleaners (who don't actually do a massive amount of cleaning) start wandering the corridors shrieking in Mandarin and half heartedly kicking a dry mop around the floor from 07:30 onwards.
My train back to Beijing (assuming the ticket is valid this time!) leaves at 21:40. That's a lot of time to wander around in -30c temperatures! I'm hoping to kill some time by talking my way into the Business Centre at the Shangri-La hotel for people with more money than sense to print out my boarding pass. Anything to cut time on my way to the airport. I have to admit, it's unusual for me but I'm worried.
My train (hopefully!) gets into Beijing at 07:40 and my plane to Amsterdam (KLM!) leaves at 11:55. With check in, getting to the airport etc that really isn't a lot of time. Depending on the taxi queue/if I get an awkward git who claims not to understand despite waving a picture of planes at him I'll get the express train shuttle-at rush hour with my backpack
It's been an interesting few weeks. Beijing definitely ranks as one of my favourite cities. Harbin not so much. I've discovered my limit is -11c, after that I begin to suffer.
Plan is to return to Beijing as soon as possible after my graduation ceremony, head down to Shanghai and over to Taiwan for a few months.
Then again I have this strange yearning to visit Gabon! I have no idea why.
I have this crazy plan to use this blog as part of my autobiography. Finally tell the truth about the KFC story and some other stuff.
If anyone has been inspired by my trip simply drop me a comment and I'll reply as soon as I can.
I originally wrote 'Every Han for Himself' for the now closed Travelpod site. In January 2014 I was lucky enough to able to tick off a long held bucket list ambition by visiting both Beijing and the Harbin Ice Festival.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.