At 9am I looked at my breath: a white miniature cloud dispersing into the quiet cold of my hotel room.
The inside of my sleeping bag was cozy and warm.
I closed my eyes.
Sleeping felt like the best thing.
The best thing…
When I woke up again I painfully realized that it was already too late to get anywhere walking.
I decided to check out Dingzhou Pagoda 定州塔 and look for a different hotel, one with a radiator.
The pagoda was nice but not accessible.
Not that I cared much actually, because I didn’t have my wide-angle anyway.
The Dingzhou Municipal Museum 定州市博物馆 has an AAA-rating.
The highest national rating is 5A.
It was an okay place to look around for a little while, even though it was fairly small and not all the objects were self-explanatory.
For most of them, there was no mention as to what they were or when they had been made, but I enjoyed looking at them anyways.
There was a little explanation to the next object though.
This is an imperial jade burial suit 玉衣.
It was designed to help the deceased emperor gain immortality, 100% made of jade, and sewn with silver.
Because being an Emperor means that you always want to go into the afterlife in style.
Notice something about the suit though?
I didn’t spend very much time in the museum though, actually.
Instead I went to the Jizhong Vocational College 冀中职业学院.
I had run into a few students near the pagoda, and we had decided that it was time for me to go and learn English there.
There was a statue I found in the courtyard. It was broken, and it looked as if nobody cared.
I thought it had a very powerful visual impact the way it was.
But I didn’t spend much time outside, since I had come to learn English, and learn English I did.
This class and I spent two hours talking about stuff, and I gotta say, I had a great time!
We were a bit shy at first.
But both the students and their teacher were very charming.
Once we overcame our shyness, we just chatted away about this and that.
About Germany and China, about the movies and the Olympics, about music and the lack of hot flavor in German cuisine.
It was a lot of fun.
Now I’m in my hotel room.
Is it better than the one last night? The one that I left, the one that is only a bit more than 3km from here? (And if you look at the map, you will see that I was actually walking in circles.)
Well, I am not so sure.
It’s 10pm, and the couple next door is making love, and I’m not making love, I’m writing this, and what’s worse is I noticed the heating just got turned off here, too.
Well, well, I have chips and I have coke.
And today was a day well spent.