Category archives: Thoughts

Too Much Fun Too Little Time

Sorry to keep everyone on the edge of their seats but we’ve been going a mile a minute and haven’t had a lot of downtime to reflect. Right now we are in Hengfeng, Jiangxi Province (you can find it by searching on a map for Shangrao, Jiangxi, China) and heading back to Nanchang, the provincial capitol of Jiangxi.

We visited the orphanage (SWI) yesterday and far too many thoughts are bouncing around in each of our heads right now to put them down. We’ve been enjoying lots of good meals – so far our only casualty is Catherine who was brought low by a viral bug yesterday. We don’t think it was the food since we’ve all been eating the same local foods. Some are great and we are trying to figure out how to recreate them, and others well may be an acquired taste.

Unlike our last trip to China we don’t have the built in down-time that having an 11-month baby brings you. On our previous trip we’d take an afternoon nap each day and then be back in the hotel room by 7 or 8 pm each night. On this trip we’ve been out late each evening with little hanging out time – that wasn’t spent catching up on jet lag.
We are taking lots of pictures but uploading them is problematic to say the least. We’ll try to post more later this week. For now here are a few pictures from our time in Beijing.

The big trend right now in Beijing is for both men and women to wear barrettes with plastic sprouts and flowers on them.

The big trend right now in Beijing is for both men and women to wear barrettes with plastic sprouts and flowers on them.

The crowds are a bit overwhelming and what's really scary is this isn't seen as crowded.

The crowds are a bit overwhelming and what’s really scary is this isn’t seen as crowded.

 

Li Li and Poppy out for an early morning walk in the Hutong.

Li Li and Poppy out for an early morning walk in the Hutong.

 

Riding the bus was an adventure to say the least - for only 10 Yuan (about $1. 60) 5 adults and Li Li got to experience a classic part of Beijing life and get shouted out at with equanimity by the three bus staff.

Riding the bus was an adventure to say the least – for only 10 Yuan (about $1. 60) 5 adults and Li Li got to experience a classic part of Beijing life and get shouted out at with equanimity by the three bus staff.

Li Li and Rocky (the class raccoon) outside of the Forbidden City.

Li Li and Rocky (the class raccoon) outside of the Forbidden City.

Quick Update

Between the vagaries of internet access and our jam-packed schedule we haven’t been able to update the blog. But we are having a great time, eating some amazing food (even if we don’t know what it always is) and meeting some very fun people. OUt time in Beijing was too short, as will be our time in Xi’an. We leave tomorrow for Nanchang and visit Li Li’s orphanage (formal name is Social Welfare Institute, abbreviated as SWI) on Thursday and then fly to Chengdu on Saturday. Hopefully we’ll be able to upload some photos and put some of our thoughts and observations down on paper. I’ll leave you with this image showing both the scale and the crowds at the Forbidden City. -t

Forbidden Shadows

Sleeps came easily

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Somebody was super tired on the flight to Chicago. Fastest she’s ever fallen asleep on a plane.

Beautiful day in the air.

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Lan Tian Bai Yun - Blue Skies White Clouds

I’m learning how to use the WordPress mobile app so bear with me. More updates to come.

Our bags our packed…

We are off this morning. It’s been a super-hectic few weeks but it’s finally here. Our bags our packed and even with gifts our bags are under 40 pounds each, well Catherine and Li Li’s are. We’ll try to update the blog each day but no guarantees – I’m told the GFW (Great Fire Wall) is more sophisticated than ever – so we’ll see how it goes.

First stop is Beijing followed by the train to Xi’an. I’ll post the full itinerary later. Zaijian. -t