China – Day 1 – Coffee Shop

Our first stop after leaving the airport was a coffee shop that my brother (Justin) and Vivian often hang out in and use as an office. I was still wide awake after the flight from Doha and I felt slimy since I’d been traveling for over 24 hours. But we couldn’t head home because Beijing has rules about which cars can be driven on which days (an anti-smog measure) and this was a day that Vivian wasn’t allowed to drive until 8pm. So we were stuck in the city until then.

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Justin and Vivian working at the coffee shop. Yes, that is my laptop in the front with a video of a fluffy dog on the screen.

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The whole place reminded me of Finland.  They also have a thing for stuffed animals, each table has one on it.

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Each depressed-looking bear is holding a placard with the WiFi password written on it.

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Oink

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Vivian pets a sad elephant on our way out.
It was finally late enough to eat dinner so we headed across the street!