recap - i’m back on my bed now, trying to gather my thoughts which isn’t easy. your head gets scrambled with schedules and pick up times and trying to rejig gigs at the last minute because things have changed.
LOVED - this sign on a fancy lingerie shop
|AH A MARTINI - they make a good one down in the dark|
and comfy Xian bar
the pollution is terrible and getting worse every day, it’s claustrophobic and where i would normally want to be opening windows everywhere, here it’s just not an option.
i’d like to write and reflect more, but i’m completely knackered – goodnight australia
|THE DROP - our wonderful friend at the embassy amanda came to the rescue with hayfever medication - she called over to the bar in the evening with it|
it's getting smoggy again here after a bright blue clear day yesterday – yesterday ann and i visited an international school for three session. the Western Academy of Beijing was incredible - huge, fabulous modern buildings all modelled on traditional chinese style, red walls, yellow walls, bright green, purple. huge paintings all done by students, sculptures in the gardens, a huge gym, theatre, dance studio, recording studio, you name it they had it. everyone there loved it, you could see both the primary and secondary students were happy and comfortable there and all the staff seemed to have stayed for years and years, not the norm in international schools - lots of pics below
i'm so tired though, it's not the right time for me to be doing a trip like this, i'm still way below par, but today is my last gig YAY and it's only 45 minutes so tomorrow is a free day and thursday we're being taken to the great wall.
|the library in the junior school|
|all the furniture in the school is traditional and beautiful|
|even the washbasins in the toilets were gorgeous|
|part of the school grounds, beautiful chinese gardens, a lake, traditional covered gateways, it was an extraordinary environment - over 1500 students|
|the foyer to the senior school, students work on the walls|
these amazing sculptures in the school grounds are done by professional sculptors working with senior students. what an opportunity - there are a large number of them, all really original ideas and beautiful things
LATER IN THE DAY . .
the powerlines are
as amazing as ever
- not the complete shambles they used to be, which was also wonderful, but now all extra lines are neatly rolled up and tied up in big bunches - i love 'em
|these wonderful beijing bikes are still around, all kinds of configurations added|
the lovely entrance to a large restaurant in the hotel complex of shops