Hello, dear readers.
After a long delay on the plane ride home, I returned from my latest trip (New York) around 1:30 AM Tuesday morning.
Tuesday afternoon I sat down on my couch to write a few blog posts from the past two trips. I opened my computer, then immediately fell asleep.
Wednesday evening I tried again to catch up. Once again, I fell asleep before my browser even had time to load.
I may have underestimated how tired I was after three major trips and multiple time-zone switching.
It’s Thursday now, and I’ve slept in my own bed for three nights in a row (!). As such, I am able to stay awake for minutes at a time. Hurrah!
I do still intend to post whatever I can about China. Because transferring photos from my phone to Blogger is cumbersome in all manners and because I’m cramming in many Things to Do in the week I have between trips, my posting will be erratic. I’ve also decided to give myself a break and instead of trying to encapsulate the entire China trip in a well-thought out and chronologically-ordered series of posts, I will instead write a post about whatever I feel like writing about at that moment. Hopefully that way the most important events of the trip will float to the top.
Journey to and Arrival in Beijing:
Thanks to a snafu in our scheduling, I wound up sitting two rows behind Jason on our flight from Vancouver to Beijing.
Some 15 hours after leaving Seattle, we stumbled through a truly ridiculous line for customs while comparing thoughts on what we watched on the plane.
After wading through the hordes of humanity and confused tourists, we were delighted to find Quynh-Nhu waiting on the other side.
Jason met Quynh-Nhu and her now-husband Nikolas while studying abroad in Rennes, France. Nikolas is working as a diplomat in the German embassy, and they kindly offered to let us use their apartment in Beijing as a home base for our trip.
They are lovely people with a ridiculously adorable son.
|The Bader family at the Temple of Heaven|
I’m not just being polite. Their son, Frederick, is dang cute:
|I love these bananas. They are the perfect size,
and I wish they were available in our grocery stores as much as they are across Asia.
The duck, wraps, dipping sauce, and accompaniments
|Endives with soy sauce and rice noodles|
|Sanlitun at Night|