On this day last year I was traveling back to the US from Beijing. The time difference between continents gave me this day to live twice, an evenly-odd day, 11/11/11. I would have thought I would spend the chance at re-living a day doing something significant with all of the extra hours that I suddenly gained. May be right a wrong, change a decision to re-write my future.. But as it turned out, the hours gained ended up being spent in eating extra meals, walking around in the airports, and sleeping between destinations. Nothing to be called extra-ordinary, but just a piece of memory, of a unique day of my life.
Breakfast in Beijing, lunch in Shanghai, several more meals on the air plane.. and breakfast again in Los Angeles. Sick from airplane turbulence, distressed about last minute gifts, and finally excited to be planting my feet again on the loving U.S soil.
After all, it’s not often one gets to eat at so many world-wide destinations in just one single day! In honor of that memory, I’d like to share highlights of the things that I got to do on the days that lead to to 11/11/11:
- saw Shanghai water town
- visited Forbidden City & Palaces
- walked a section of the Great Wall,
- befriended this fella dragon at Forbidden City
- wandered Wangfujing night market. (was not brave enough to taste these foods – some of the scorpions still wiggled a bit on the skewers and even baby SNAKES too!)