There are days when the traffic outside allows me catch a taxi to school, and there are other days when there’s no way a taxi is a good option. Today is one of those “no way” days. No problems on the train commute. Classes went well. Back at the apartment, I spent time making notes about where we finished up so I can pick up in 8 weeks when classes “might” meet again.
We’ve arrived at that time in our Beijing experience when I start realizing, “Hey, I don’t have too many subway trips to school left”. Or, “I’m not sure if I’ll see some of these people again”. The graduation activities for my school are May 22 & 23, and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to attend. It’s the same day as “International Day” at BISS (the 23rd), and Judy and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary that evening.
Judy went to the dentist’s office as school ended. She called me when they began to work on her crown. The traffic issue is still bad, so I began to make my way over on the train to meet her.
Apartment Traffic Video link
We meet up at the dentist. We couldn’t seem to find a taxi, and ended up taking a Tuk-tuk (small motorized enclosed rickshaw). It was probably cheaper than a taxi because of the traffic. Our tuk-tuk driver was really “creative” in his route. There’s no way a taxi could’ve made it that fast.
Tuktuk Video link
We were headed to a place in Sanlitun called “The Local” to meet a group from BISS. It’s a favorite of the Australians in Beijing. The televisions are full of Rugby, Australian Rules Football, Cricket, and of course, soccer. The elementary staff is celebrating the “Grade 5 Exhibition” with their Australian teacher, Roger. I love getting together with this wide-ranging group of personalities and accents. We’ll miss this back in Fort Worth.