Don’t Believe What Others Say–Check it Out.
Ed, my neighbor next door, has been trying to get his thoughts wrapped around our trip to China. “Where is it that you are going in China?” Ed wanted to know. I told him we are off to the capital, Beijing, as the first stop. I added that it is a very ancient city dating back 3000 years. Ed insisted on getting a piece of paper and making notes.
Ed tends to be suspicious about most things I tell him. Three thousand year old city he wrote in his notes and then muttered, “I’ll see about that one.” Ed decided that if the city dates back all those years, it must be pretty small by now. “Most of them people there must have died of old age by now,” Ed scoffed.
When I told him that Beijing is a metropolis of 20,693,000 people, he wrote it down quick and said “That’s another fact you’ve probably got wrong.” Ed wanted to know what on earth I would do among all those people. He informed me that I would be dealing with something way bigger than a Walmart Super Center. He continued that I could get lost in Beijing since it has a population like a country and never get back to Canada. I told him not to get his hopes up.