First off, Beijing is great.
Second off, I ate some absolutely delicious German food here last night, at this place that translates to Schindler Fillingstation, a few blocks from the Xi Shui silk market. The potato salad was out of this world: tangy, vingary, sweet, bacon-y. I had pork filet with mushrooms over spatzle with cheese. It was salty, creamy, and delicious. We also had some wonderful German beer (Erdinger) and great Riesling as well–lots of flavor! I’m not a dark beer fan, but the Erdinger wasn’t bitter at all. As much as I love Chinese food, this has probably been my best meal here so far. I think we’ll definately be eating there again.
In other news, tonight I am Shanxi bound, slated for one of the most ridiculous schedules I have ever seen (sightseeing from 6 am to 8 pm?!). Who knows if I’ll have time to write, let alone sleep. In any event, I’m sure the forthcoming stories will be interesting.