Walking the Wall – A quick photo story

May 23rd, 2009

Wall Pano

Meet Zhou Ge, our driver (former China military driver – very skilled but terrifying):

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A view from the start:

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The COW Mountain Goat Team

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Can you find Susan?

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A look back over our progress (we traversed 30 wall towers on our way to Simatai):

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Our trip to the Great Wall brought our closest brush with death — not from stumbling over the crumbling masonry, but from the taxi drive there and back. We counted at least 4 times on the way back in which a crash seemed inevitable. But surely the driver had things under control the whole time? Here are two people very happy to be alive (the third is taking the picture):

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The most AMAZING noodles ever (David and Matthew each had two bowls).  Food total for 5 bowls, 2 sides of cucumber, 1 side of cabbage, and three beers = $7.50.

Up to this point, we had no repeat dishes while in China. But in this hole-in-the-wall, Matthew found his noodle nirvana, so Saturday’s dinner was an encore of Friday’s lunch. And much enjoyed.

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4 Responses to “Walking the Wall – A quick photo story”

  1. Mark Wilsonon 23 May 2009 at 10:03 am

    Excellent photos in these last posts! Many a story lies behind them, no doubt. It appears the time in Beijing is going as productively and as enjoyably as in the previous places.

    Matt and David must feel like giants over there.

  2. Mark Wilsonon 23 May 2009 at 10:05 am

    Cabbage as a side dish?

  3. [...] faculty colleagues on the Hales Fund trip to China have posted on their blog a wonderful photographic blog essay of their encounter with the Great Wall of China. It gives me an excuse to show some cool walls [...]

  4. Melissa Schultzon 23 May 2009 at 3:54 pm

    The pictures of “The Wall” look wonderful. I can’t wait to hear all about your voyage in person.

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