Well, after arriving yesterday in Beijing, I think (not sure what day with time shift lol), I was fortunate to share a cab with Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. I normally don’t get a taxi until I’m outside, but as we were walking out someone followed us around with decent english, so we took a chance with him. I usually look up what it costs for an average fare, but I came unprepared this time. I figured I would pay more than I should, but I didn’t realize how much.
After negotiating a fare of 280 yuan each (about $50 USD), I got into my room and settled in. My student Che Moreno came in on another flight after us, and said he got ripped off on the taxi. I asked him how much he paid, and he said 80 yuan!
After a good laugh, I remembered why I always get taxis outside of the airport. 🙂
So far, I have yet to see the sun here in Beijing. The skies are grey all day long it seems. I forget how foreign everything is on the other side of the world. The language is so vastly different. I might as well be on an alien planet. I have learned the numbers, and how to say hello, taxi, and hotel. But when you here people talk, it is very fast and hard to keep up. And don’t get my started on the writing! Still, it is amazing to see and cool to experience being a true foreigner and having to rely on body language to get a message across.
Had a nice breakfast this morning of asian pears, green tangerines bananas, watermelon, a slice of wheat toast and scrambled eggs. I will be keeping things simple and not try anything too foreign until after ADCC.
Well, as of now it is Sunday morning in Beijing and time to get my first work out in. It is going to be mostly cardio: elliptical, bike, and some shadow wrestling. Later today, I have my brother joining me, and I may join up with Cyborg later to do some drilling.