Thursday, 19 January 2017

Weekend in Beijing

Last weekend we flew all the way up to Beijing (about 3 hours) because I wanted to see the snow and I wanted to experience "proper winter". You have to remember that I live in Hong Kong and the winter here is very mild so at the time it sounded like a good idea to go somewhere with a temperature of minus 10 degrees celsius. One step out of the plane and I realised my mistake because A) I don't really like the cold and B) It wasn't snowing. 

The good news was that the air pollution was low and the sky was clear and an electric shade of blue, so we started our mini expedition to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. 

It's an amazing experience to walk on such ancient structure and to imagine what it was like for the people who worked on the wall at the time. How did they get supplies there? What kind of clothes did they wear? How did they keep warm in the winter? For us the cold was not that much of a problem because the sun was scorching and there were so many steps and stairs that it felt like doing cardio at the gym. 

After walking around for about 2 hours we were ready for a hot drink and a snack. There's only one shop at the wall and there we found a friendly cat who I named Papitas because he/she liked eating crisps (Papitas means crisps in Spanish). I thought he/she was the only cat around until we discovered a big family of cats sunbathing by the exit.   

On the second day we visited the Forbidden City. The blue and clear sky was gone, replaced by clouds and humidity but this was a perfect setting for the snow to come. It wasn't as dramatic as I had imagined but it feel magical nonetheless.

The complex is beautiful and well preserved. I especially like that the buildings are painted red which looks good with or without blue sky. Despite the beautiful buildings and colours it was difficult to enjoy walking around because it was very, very cold!

All pictures © Gina Maldonado

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! I hope you can full-fill al your dreams and hopes on this new year. 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful day :)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Advent 24

Hurray! We're finally on the last day of the advent so tomorrow will be CHRISTMAS DAY! Thank you so much for joining me on this Christmas Advent countdown/ adventure. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. 

Here's the complete advent! Which one is your favourite?

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Advent 23

Another cute animal for today's advent... well, for me all animals are cute (even if they sometimes have rabies) specially if they're fluffy and have little tiny human-like hands :)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas Advent 21

Foxes are so adorable! I've heard about foxes eating rubbish in London, but I'm yet to see one. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Advent 20

I love seeing the ginger bread houses they display on bakeries and shopping centres. I don't think I could eat such beautiful decorations ;)

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Advent 19

We need more of these things for the upcoming year (and all the time for that matter) :)

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Christmas Advent 18

Santa is on it's way! He's riding a little flowery donkey... let me know if you spot him ;)