|Aug. 15, 2011
BEIJING - After a weekend full of traveling, the Georgetown men's basketball team arrived in China on Sunday and toured through downtown Beijing on Monday. Following the team's sight-seeing visit, some lunch a visit to a famed shopping area in Beijing, sophomore Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA) and freshman Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott Country Central) recounted their visit to the history Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and to the silk market.
Aaron Bowen: I woke up around 8:30 this morning. I stayed up until about 1 last night, watching some movies and trying to Skype with my family. I felt pretty refreshed. I was still tired, but it was much better than I was yesterday. When we came down for breakfast, I stayed to the stuff I knew. I had an omelet, but I didn't think it was cooked very well and ended up just having only a bite of it. I ended up getting some sausage and bacon and had some fruit.
Otto Porter: I ended up going to bed around 10:30 last night because I was so tired, but I woke up at 4 a.m. My body was really tired from the flight. I didn't sleep much on the plane because I had to keep getting up and let people out so I never really had straight sleep.
Aaron Bowen: The thing that was going through my head was just, `Wow, we're really in China.' That just kept blowing me away that I was really in China. Seeing the train stations and the buildings as we drove through town was really cool.
Otto Porter: When we hopped on the buses, it was neat to see all of the people in Beijing going about their day. We saw a lot of the city buses and they were on lines, which reminded me of San Francisco.
Aaron Bowen: The thing that struck me when we got off the bus was just that there were a lot of people. When they started asking us to take pictures with them, I liked it. I just figured I'd go with the flow. I felt loved, even though they didn't really know who we were.
Otto Porter: I was thinking that for many of them, like they told us in the orientation sessions, that it might have been their first time seeing Americans. And some of the Chinese people spoke some English, asking me where I was from, things like that. Aaron Bowen: It was big. Huge. I couldn't believe how big it was. When we walked through the first portion, I thought that was it, but it was enormous and just kept going. The thing that amazed me was how they said the walls were 15 layers of brick to protect against enemies.
Otto Porter: It was really amazing to see it. The Emperor's throne and some of the buildings within the complex were amazing.
Aaron Bowen: I was still pretty tired after we got back from sight-seeing but a lot of us went down to the Silk Market to check that out. I'm still trying to get used to the traffic, it just reminds me of a crazier M Street.
Otto Porter: We both took advantage of going to the Silk Market and check it out. There was a foot massage in there and I feel like I'm floating. My feet feel great now.
Aaron Bowen: The Silk Market was crazy. People were grabbing and pulling us to buy things. I had a lady tell me I was a bad person when I said Bu yao (No thanks).
Otto Porter: When you walk away, they would chase after you. One lady followed me trying to get me to buy a wallet. I was trying to buy some shoes and I think I'll take a walk back at some point.