Open Sesame!

2015-09-19 22.53.102015-09-19 23.41.462015-09-19 22.55.332015-09-20 00.16.202015-09-19 23.25.492015-09-20 00.42.522015-09-19 23.19.172015-09-20 00.25.572015-09-19 23.40.002015-09-19 23.51.112015-09-20 01.09.582015-09-20 01.09.01

I’ve only ever had two amazing degustations in Wellington; Citron and Jano Bistro. Black Sesame Kitchen in Beijing was no exception. It was so en point. Thank you to my dear friend Tania who recommended this place.  Continue reading

Beijing highlights

2015-09-18 21.56.542015-09-19 12.41.402015-09-19 13.18.252015-09-19 15.13.382015-09-19 15.54.59Beijing teapotGreat Wall2015-09-20 17.34.362015-09-20 23.25.08

Arriving by bullet train to Beijing was fun. The cleanliness and efficiency was admirable. The highest speed we noted was 308Km per hour. On arrival as our guide was running late, we were met by our driver, who introduced himself as ‘driver’. I thought he had said ‘Trevor’. He did not speak English but was very courteous and smised with his eyes. Tyra Banks would have been pleased. Long very funny story short, our guide Rocky, very common Chinese name NOT, later asked us why we kept calling the driver ‘this word Trevor?’. We explained, and he translated to Trevor Driver and we all laughed and laughed.

Continue reading