Burn Spots & Squatty Pots

Beijing was extremely hot! But I didn't get sunburned until the third day during our visit to the Forbidden City.  It also happened to be a day with the least air quality thus far. Imagine an invisible force that permeates your nose leaving an unpleasant taste on your tongue!

Luckily, my trip buddy had an extra mask for me to borrow.

 My trip buddy and Panda Pal, Heather G, and I outside of the Tian'enman Square May 20, 2017.

My trip buddy and Panda Pal, Heather G, and I outside of the Tian'enman Square May 20, 2017.

 Shavonne with Susan B. & Mike S. outside of Tian'enman Square.

Shavonne with Susan B. & Mike S. outside of Tian'enman Square.

 Shavonne with Colleen G. & Valeria S-G on the Tian'enman Square.

Shavonne with Colleen G. & Valeria S-G on the Tian'enman Square.

 Our colleague, and assigned trip photographer Andrae, is ready to capture the best moments of the day!

Our colleague, and assigned trip photographer Andrae, is ready to capture the best moments of the day!

 Our group leader, Leighton, demonstrating protective measures from the sun and pollution. 

Our group leader, Leighton, demonstrating protective measures from the sun and pollution. 

From where we stood, I knew we had a long way to go before I could use a western toilet.

I had heard of the squatty potties in China, but there was never enough information to accurately depict the experience. All I knew was that I was advised to prepare baby wipes and other items for hygiene purposes. But I knew I had to brave it and go to the restroom now or risk having an accident along the way.

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If it were not for a few ladies in my group who were making their way to the restroom, I would not have had the courage to go. As I entered the stall, I saw the opening that began at the ground and required me to squat lower than I had in weightlifting. Afterwards, I realized it wasn't so bad after all. In fact, I almost prefer the squatty potty over the western porcelain zeus if it were not for my bad right knee. 

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 One of my favorite squatty potties during the trip. 

One of my favorite squatty potties during the trip. 

 How low can you go? 

How low can you go? 

Afterwards, my panda pal, and I began our trek through the palace which took nearly two hours in the blistering sun. It was an amazing experience with two ice cream stops and celebrity moments that left this girl burned for the next two days.

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 One of the ten segments of the palace. Imagine going through this journey ten times before you exit the palace! 

One of the ten segments of the palace. Imagine going through this journey ten times before you exit the palace! 

 I was most fascinated by the red doors and details along the way (even on the fire alarm). 

I was most fascinated by the red doors and details along the way (even on the fire alarm). 

 While in the gift shop (taking advantage of the a/c), I was asked to take photos with natives.

While in the gift shop (taking advantage of the a/c), I was asked to take photos with natives.

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 Shavonne ( @vonne_kaye ) is an author and the blog curator for All Things Inspiration. She enjoys traveling, fitness, movies and the arts. Pictured here at the entrance of the imperial palace museum in Beijing, China (May 20, 2017).

Shavonne (@vonne_kaye) is an author and the blog curator for All Things Inspiration. She enjoys traveling, fitness, movies and the arts. Pictured here at the entrance of the imperial palace museum in Beijing, China (May 20, 2017).