Beijing Train Station
After putting my things down in my (ballin’) room at the hotel, I met up with everyone to go on a late night ‘photo walk’ in the area around the hotel. The hotel is down the street from the Beijing Train Station which was all decked out because of it being Lunar New Year.
In order to get some pictures of the entire station (which as you can see, I was not successful in doing), we went as far back as the square would allow. I think Anne may have mentioned it, but somehow I didn’t really notice that we were walking around on a fountain. It is one of those fountains that is open concept so around the fountain there is grating to prevent the water from going all over the place. If you look closely in the above picture, you can actually see some of those grates in the bottom right hand corner.
After attempting to take a few jumping group photos (why do we always try to do that, they are impossible!), I unwittingly started to saunter towards Sam and Ruthie who were a few meters away. This is when disaster struck! I managed to step into a gap in the grate and had my left leg plunge into a scary hole of doom up to my hip.
Looks pretty harmless doesn’t it? I would say that the tumble was terrifying, but really I pulled myself back out of that thing and tried to brush it off like nothing had happened. You can always count on me to play it cool, even if I fall into some kind of weird China abyss. The photo doesn’t really do justice to how brutal the bruise on my hip was, but I did try to take a photo of it for posterity’s sake. It’s been almost two weeks and it’s still there, but thankfully it is starting to fade.
Moral of the story: Watch where you step when you’re walking over a fountain in Beijing.