Back in Beijing

Beijing Sky

It’s always a bittersweet feeling flying back into Beijing. Immediately, I’m confronted with swarms of Chinese people rushing through the airport trying to collect their five pieces of luggage from their four-day trip. Loud voices come creeping in through my headphones as people light cigarettes in the taxi line. “Welcome back!” my friends will tell me - to which I usually just say thanks instead of going on a rant of how much I loathe coming back here after a relaxing vacation. Regardless of my feelings, I’m back to work and back to my routine, which has its benefits. I like going to the gym at the same time every day, I enjoy riding my scooter instead of having to negotiate taxi prices, and it’s nice to use my computer again (which I typically don’t bring when I travel.)

On the other hand, ending a vacation sucks - a word my father deplores - but it pretty much sums up all my feelings about coming back home. I miss the weather, the new culture, the food, the ocean, the fact that when I wake up, I have no responsibilities. Traveling is great, but getting back to the ‘constants’ in my life is also nice. Perhaps one day I’ll figure out a way to combine them.

Hutong Sunday

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Burger

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You probably wouldn’t expect it, but Beijing has some solid burger joints. This is Great Leap Brewery

Noodles Noodles Noodles

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I’ve always been an advocate for noodles over rice, and each time I eat these, I reaffirm my decision. These are called “You Po Mian” and are a broad, belt-shaped type of noodle, popular in Shaanxi Province, also known as biángbiáng miàn. It has vinegar, soy sauce, spices, garlic, bok choy and sprouts. It’s a super simple dish, but there’s something about chewy, handmade noodles that really brings it together. 

Bird’s Nest - Beijing, China

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Fixies In Beijing

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Sichuan Food

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This is a Sichuan ‘dry’ type of hot pot called "Malaxiangguo" where all the ingredients are cooked together and served in a big bowl. 

The Pants Building

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8th Annual Back Alley Chili Cook-Off

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Out and About in Beijing

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Back to work in Beijing

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Beijing’s Blue Skies

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Archery Tag

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Afternoon Snooze In Beijing

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Spring in Beijing

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Korean Hotpot

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Jin Ding Xuan - Restaurant in Beijing, China

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This is one of my favorite dim sum places in Beijing

Beijing is getting warmer

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Afternoon Snooze

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Jing A Brewery - Beijing

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