Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

IMG_9875It’s hard to know just what to expect when you travel to a foreign country, but what we expected to see in China oftentimes turned out to be just the opposite of what we saw!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge focuses on the word UNEXPECTED, and our first weekend in Beijing’s Financial District at The Westin brought out many unexpected sights.  Perhaps it’s because we thought China was mostly rice paddies and people laboring in the fields wearing pointy hats.  Or perhaps we just hadn’t done our homework.  But what we saw in Beijing was not unlike what we could see in any big city in America — and quite unexpected.

First, on a stroll the night before we departed the city, we saw children taking a hockey class right downtown in an open plaza.  Totally different from where lessons are given in Knoxville, Tennessee — usually in a rink.  But it worked for them, and families gathered ’round the kids just like moms and dads do in America!

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Second, we took our last stroll through the district the next morning before boarding the bus for Xian.  Unexpected sights?  Restaurants we have at home right here in Beijing!

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Not only that, we passed women wearing Western attire. Unexpected once again!

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Luxury cars parked near The Westin were also unexpected, some with drivers waiting for passengers.

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And several of these little bubblicious cars parked anywhere they pleased, or so it seemed.  Like this one parked on the sidewalk.

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Street cleaners were out in full force, and several agreed to let us photograph them at work.  And do they ever work!  Clean streets in record time. (Loved the broom as well as the protective attire.  Smart.)

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Last, we noted this delivery of food for a restaurant.  Plop! Right on the sidewalk way before anyone had arrived to drag the goods inside.  Kind of unexpected, I guess you could say!

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For more of our experiences in China, click on the Page at the top of this post.

This is post #21 for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 2013.

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

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  2. Mary Lynn says:

    Your name keeps popping up on Facebook because we have 7 or 8 friends in common! And then your name on Tina’s Blog……… so now 8 or 9! 🙂 She’s a friend here on Kiawah. You must have been in China at the same time. Weren’t her pictures awesome???? Just had to pop in and say “Hi!” Did you teach at Halls ( I did also with Jaque Bradford)? Very small world!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      How lovely to hear from you! Yes, I was at Halls as Asst. Principal. So great to see that you are friends with Tina. Would love to be at Kiawah right now!
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I love hearing from folks!

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  4. Amy says:

    The world is getting smaller and smaller… Great take on, Rusha!

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