Starbucks in Beijing

I'm in Beijing on business looking to start a small engineering group to work on web properties. The group will be an extension of my other global engineering teams (I have teams throughout the USA, UK, and Czech Republic today).

Anyway, Beijing has been great. Getting used to the time/date change is actually not that hard. Flying was a serious pain (literally and figuratively). I managed to tear my medial meniscus hiking, and can't have the surgery until December. That means on long flights or long car rides, my knee locks up. That's the literal pain. The figurative pain is that the time difference makes it a 13 hr flight in which it's \*always day outside\*. I think I slept about an hour, maybe 2 at most. Departed my house at 8:30am, arrived Beijing at 3:30pm. The next day. Hmmm. Body was completely messed up. Oh and it's a holiday here in Beijing (or the end of a week long holiday). My boss and I wandered the streets for a few hours and then went out to a nice dinner with some of the local folks.

Monday, and we went to the office - a very long car ride from our hotel (Grand Hyatt in Beijing is great, but not really near the office - good news is the hotel is near the Forbidden City and a few other cool things to see).

Meetings back-to-back all day, but we snuck out for lunch. Curtis opened the ERI (engineering and research institute?) about 6-7 years ago, so he's been here a lot. I'd been here about 8 years ago (maybe more) to install the first copies of SunSolve. Boy has the town changed (even for Curtis).

We went to lunch, found a nice small spot, had lunch, and I picked up the tab. 54RMB. About 8$. For the two of us. Wow. Since the jet lag was starting to hit, we decided to grab a starbucks (oh, how American I know, but I was craving coffee, and there just aren't a lot of coffee shops here...) Curtis pics up the tab for 2 coffees and two "green tea chocolate eclairs". Yeah, yeah, bad! Whatever. Oh, and I \*don't\* recommend the green tea chocolate eclairs. Ever. Wrong. Best part, 84RMB for the drinks and eclairs. Hee hee. About 12$. More than full lunch for 2. Geez.

on my mind: Spook Country - William Gibson

The World Without Us - Alan Weisman

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