Saturday, July 15, 2000
Went to see the Forbidden City and infamous Tiananmen Square with Paul Lucero and Gordon Moyer. Forbidden City is a huge palace complex.
Had the shock of my life. The same girl whom I met in the Great Wall yesterday is here smiling to me. I posed for another photograph with her. How lucky I was to meet the same person twice accidentally in this enormous land? Unfortunately she or her mum didn’t understand a single English word. If I can meet her again somewhere I would be the happiest in the world.This is the little butterfly I met yesterday at the Great Wall. If I can meet her again? Who knows? The world is so smaller than we imagine.
Everywhere we saw dragon statues. Then I asked our tour guide, a Chinese girl who spoke good English, why there were so many dragons. Then she told me that dragons symbolize water. Then Paul asked, “Why dragons? Why not crocodiles?” Paul has a lot of humor.