Those three words pretty much sum up my day. Today was Kevin's last day in Beijing. This morning we ventured out towards the post office to mail out our abnormally large package. That was a fun experience. It took us a while to find the post office and once we did it was surprisingly close to the hostel. We went back to fetch the box and I got Kevin to lug it to the post office for me. Once there it took us a while to figure out how to send it. I hope it'll be here by the time I arrive.
After we got back from the post office I picked up my laundry and packed my bags so I could switch rooms and Kevin could checkout. I got a room just down the hall from my other room. I love t, it has a hostel feel to it. There's 4 beds so that's good seeing as I was expecting there to be 6 of them. We also have a random table which is quite nice. When I went to my room I already knew two of my roommates since I had met them earlier in the bar. I won't be seeing much of them since I leave the hostel tomorrow morning at 5 am but it's still nice to see some familiar faces.
I ended up going with Kevin to the airport. We gave the wrong terminal to the driver but luckily there was a free shuttle to the right terminal. Once there it didn't take us too long to figure out where to go but the luggage check-ins were still closed since it was still too early so we grabbed a bite to eat first. I left Kevin shortly after as he went through immigration and security to get to his boarding gate and I was on my way back to the hostel. I decided to catch the airport shuttle bus and take the subway back home. That was an experience. I was the only non-Asian on the shuttle so I kept getting tons of strange stares. It really didn't help that I only had my purse and my camera bag with me. After I got off of the shuttle there were tons of people offering rides and it took some time to make it through everyone. Nobody seemed sure that I could successfully take the subway on my own. They all said that it was too difficult and confusing, little did they know that I had previous experience in using the subway.
The entire journey back to my hostel ended up costing 1/4 of the price that a taxi would have and it was only 30 minutes longer. I eventually got back to my hostel at around 4.30 in the afternoon and booked a taxi so I can get back to the airport tomorrow morning.
Tonight I may venture back to the night market in search of more food on a stick. It was really good last night and I'd like some more before I leave Beijing.