Friday, April 13, 2007

daddy's visit

two weekends ago, my dad visited me!

he was in china for some business work and he took a weekend off to visit me in beijing!

my portuguese mates (from the same exchange program as i) went out this weekend so i was alone just with my father, but on wednesday another friend from shanghai (João, also from the same exchange program) also came on the weekend with two visiting friends (Bia and Carme).

Saturday me and my father just walk around some known streets in beijing while João, Bia and Carme went visiting Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.

At night we saw the peking opera (very nice), had a nice dinner in an Italian restaurant, Annie's, and later we went to a live-jazz bar to have a drink/coffee.

check some videos of the peking opera:

Sunday morning we rent a van (including a driver) to take us to the Great Wall of China (badaling). We spent there 3 thrilling hours...we had sun, than the strong wind came and it ended with was unbelievable, beautiful, unforgettable!!!...perfect (just snick the photos and video).

videos on the Great Wall of China:

we came back to beijing at 3 p.m. and João, Bia and Carme took a cab to the airport to get back to shanghai while me and my father went to the beautiful Summer Palace!

one more video:

after it, and despite being exhausted we still went to a market for some shops....

...and, as you can imagine, after walking so many km and defying so many steps, by the end of the day we just wanted to rest.

it was a really pleasant weekend!...after 11 months i meet my father again.....and still manage to see my friend João Gago and gain two new friend Bia and Carme....and so, to all of you, thank you so much for the weekend!!!! you're a great company and we're a great team!

hope to see u soon!

abraço grande Pai,
abraço Gago,
beijinhos Bia e Carme

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