October 2, 2007
Class Trip to Beijing, China
In August, I started attending the International School of Azerbaijan (TISA) along with my brother and sisters. Every autumn, the P8 class (5th Grade) takes a trip to Space Camp in Turkey, Georgia, Shekki or China. I went to China! I just got home a week ago. We arrived there on the 22nd of September. On Sunday we had breakfast at the hotel and then went to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is where the Royal Family used to live. It was interesting to see all the pretty pagodas in it. After lunch we went to a Children’s palace where special children learn specific subjects (like art, musical instruments, sports, etc.). We ate at the Peking Duck Restaurant. It was interesting to see how they cut the duck.
The second day we ate breakfast and then went to a culture club to learn how to make necklaces. I made two necklaces that are very pretty. In the afternoon we went to the Minorities Village where small groups of people live. We went there for the Water Festival and lots of people got splashed by water as the children danced and sang. After dinner we went to the Peking Opera. It was very loud and hard to understand because they were singing in Chinese.
On Tuesday we went to the summer Palace where the Royal Family stayed in the summer. In the afternoon we went on a Rickshaw ride tour through the old Chinese houses. Then we visited a Sports School where gifted children learn to do sports.
On the fourth day, in the morning we went to the Ming tombs where some Emperor was burried. In the afternoon we went to the Great Wall of China. It was pretty awesome because like everyone in the world knows about it. It was really cool–we walked about half a mile on it. The view was amazing!!!!!!
On Thursday, we went to a Science Museum in the morning. It had a lot of awesome exhibits to look at. In the afternoon we went shopping. I bought lots of nice gifts for my family members. I bought a cool ivory elephant for my dad’s birthday present.
Our hotel was really nice. I shared a room with a girl named Nicole Simpson. From after supper until 8:00pm we were allowed to visit each other’s rooms. All the girls normally went to one room and goofed off. It was really fun! Lights out was at 9:30pm but we normally stayed up until 10. Sometimes in the mornings we would make tea in our rooms because we had a kettle and tea bags. Every day we would hide all the little shampoos and stuff and the maids would re-stock it. So at the end of the week we had like five of everything. It was cool!!!
The food in China isn’t as good as the food at a Restaurant named Hong Kong here (in Baku). But it was OK. For lunch we ate at KFC, Mc Donalds and Dominoes Pizza. Which may not seem that great to you but once you haven’t had it for 7 months, it is awesome!!!!
So that was pretty much my trip. Bye
Hi my name is Marissa Fortune.
I live in Azerbaijan and I miss Canada and my friends Jessica, Taylor, Lydia, Kailyn, Adrijana and Naomi and my cousin Cassie. I also miss all my family a lot.
Here, you can buy movies for 3 manat each. I also have a cell phone that I can call my friends with. You don’t buy phone plans here but you buy SIM SIM cards and when the counters run out you just buy a new card. It is awesome! When I go back to Canada and I am at the cottage, I’ll be like, “I can call them on my cell phone and then I’ll be like, Oh ya, ‘I don’t have a cell phone anymore! Grrrrrr!!!’”
In Baku the streets are littered with garbage and dust. There are little old ladies on the streets with straw brooms trying to clean the streets up. It is their job! Here, sometimes you will see a cow tied up in front of the butcher shop. When we come home from school there is a head and four hooves at the front of the shop on the side walk. It is nasty! Another thing that the police do here is to take away your license plate if you are parked in the wrong spot. I am not joking, it happened to us. In order to get our license plate back, my dad had to go to a police station, pay a 10 manat fine and then he got our license plate from a box.
Our apartment is very nice. I like it very much. It has a nice courtyard that Erin and I go running in. Also, we have two little kittens–Zoey and Kiwi. I got a turtle from a family from our church. His original name was Harry but I named him Bob Micatontae. What an awesome name! Bob eats lettuce and cabbage and cucumber. Carrots are not high on his list of good foods.
That’s it for now.
PS Hi to Taylor, Lydia, Jessica, Kailyn, Adrijana, Naomi and Cassie.
PSS Hi to Nannie, Grumpy, Grandma, Grandpa, Bo, and all my cousins and aunts and uncles.