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updated contact information:

I can’t use Line chat, it won’t load here.

I can use:
kakaotalk: search for “junmuhuh”
wechat: abakaitus
email: ashleybakaitus @ gmail
skype: ashleybakaitus

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I just got to my city and school! I’ll post pictures and stuff as I get them, but my apartment is really nice! it’s dusty so I need to get to cleaning and stuff, but I really like it! it seems really nice!

my balcony is kind of not usable for reasons I’ll post later but you know, I have a balcony so I’m not that mad about it.

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前门,北京

some cool candies from this big tourist street called qianmen. they were all so cute and I almost bought some, but I decided to wait to spend any money on silly cute stuff until I start getting paid, haha. they’re all made by hand though! right there in the store. it smelled really sugary and nice in there.

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I forgot to say yesterday that I also saw this nightmare mickey on the way to the subway

I forgot to say yesterday that I also saw this nightmare mickey on the way to the subway

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Tonight I went out with a few girls who I’ve been in class all week with. My hotel is actually really close to the bird’s nest & water cube. They both look way cooler at night, but it’s hard to get a good picture from all the way across the street. It’s just really cool to see an olympic stadium when you’ve never seen one before and think how much cool stuff I watched on tv happened right there.

Anyway we went out! to this place called Sanlitun in Beijing which is like the really hip western part of town with lots of cool restaurants and shopping areas. I was actually there before in 2012 and shopped a little bit and ate yummy Italian food. This time we ate Taiwan food. I had some pork rice dish that was nice. It was a little pricey as far as Chinese food goes here, but it was a nice sit down place where people aren’t yelling hahaha.

the mall was like the nicest mall I’ve ever seen! it’s multiple floors of shops & it was all lit up once the sun went down. I wanted to go shopping, but I have a flight at the end of the week down to my school, and I really can’t fit any new stuff in my suitcase. It will all have to wait until I’m down there. Sadly, because someone was selling really cute llama stuffed animals on the street and I wanted it so much.

We were wandering around for a long time looking for this bookstore everyone in our class has been talking about. it was cute and worth seeing, but I had more fun walking around I think.

Only a few more days left here! I think I’m leaving Monday sometime to go down to my school, teaching starts on Tuesday!

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if you’re wondering if this is just gonna be a food blog, it probably will be while I’m in beijing anyway. with class from 9am to 5pm & annoying half sleeping in between, lunch is like my one chance of the day to go outside and actually see cool stuff and use my chinese.

today’s lunch was a little more chinese I guess. I learned how to say pudding milk tea which is nice but also terrible cause now it’s all that more accessible to me. and pork bao zi! steamed pork buns. I don’t know what it is here but bao zi ladies are always the nicest & most fun to talk to. she had different flavors like chives & carrots & stuff but she was like “geez those foreigners always order pork” and laughing with us.

I like the people in my class here but I want to be a shut in tonight. People want to go adventure and I get that but I just need a night to recharge a little. I’ve been with people nonstop the past few days.

everyone send me emails please! I get bored at night & the more people I have to reply to the better! I’m still ashleybakaitus @ gmail

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In case you were wondering what chinese kfc food is like, it’s actually super delicious. the fries aren’t as salty as at home, but I’ll probably survive. I wasn’t able to eat my whole wrap at lunch, so I took it back to my room. But after class at 5 I fell asleep until midnight & I don’t trust eating some chicken that sat out all night 8( sad cause it was so good.

I slept until my alarm though! So that was nice progress.

The other pictures are of just some apartments I guess in the area of that big supermarket I mentioned before. 

I have my class about teaching and teaching Chinese students soon and I really… don’t want to go.

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I think I made a mistake going to sleep at 9pm, here it is almost 1am and I’m wide awake and really hungry. 

I had a class all day yesterday that I could barely stay awake for, but here I am now and of course all that tiredness is gone. I’ll try to go back to sleep soon I guess, until then I don’t know what I’ll do. 

I found a local Carrefour yesterday which was really nice, it’s like a European store I think so it has a lot of stuff I would want to see. (like peanut butter, but it’s skippy ew) There was a whole aisle of coffee mugs and I had to force myself to not look cause I knew I would buy all of them given the chance.

I bought banana milk because it’s my one love but I’m kind of worried? it wasn’t refrigerated at the store and I want to drink it but I don’t know if it’ll make me sick or something I don’t know if it’s actually real dairy…

Oh one more thing! I’m in a hotel right now with not very reliable wifi at all, so I haven’t been able to check my texting apps like kakao or line, gmail is supposed to be blocked but I can get mine since it’s through an app but I’m not sure how reliable that’s being. I’ve definitely received emails here already but I worry that not all of them are going through. So if I don’t respond to you, you can still definitely contact me through imessage and skype, I know for a fact those do work.

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I’m in Beijing! This is the view from my hotel at 4am. I don’t have much of anything thrilling to say because I’m so tired. I really would like this week in Beijing to pass quickly so I can move down to my school. 
We drove past the bird’s nest! It was dark and behind a bunch of trees so I couldn’t get a picture, but it looked really cool.

I’m in Beijing! This is the view from my hotel at 4am. I don’t have much of anything thrilling to say because I’m so tired. I really would like this week in Beijing to pass quickly so I can move down to my school. 

We drove past the bird’s nest! It was dark and behind a bunch of trees so I couldn’t get a picture, but it looked really cool.

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just a few more days to go!!!

packing is not fun and I am not great at blogging but there will be lots of pictures for sure :)