I was in Beijing for a week at a workshop in the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Sciences. But Akane came just for 24 hours to see me. We spent a nice afternoon at the Summer Palace.

I took a trip one evening with my occasional cycling tormentor Rembert to the Wangfujing snack street. It wasn’t very well planned but eventually we found it by walking in circles. I had heard that scorpions were the thing to try (for tourists, apparently the locals don’t eat them either!). The large black one I ate was quite disappointing, being basically hollow with no meat to it.

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