Friday, May 22, 2009

Beijing Day ONE!

Feelings of combinations of being in awe and pure exhaustion. I am beyond words.
What a breeze the health check and custom was... really only people in masks coming in with a temperature gun checking for abnormal fevers.... QUICK, EFFICIENT, PAINLESS! I tried to take a picture of the masked temperature takers but was told "No picture!". It was like.... In, aim and onto the next passenger. For those traveling, no worries!
You never experience a true Chinese food orgy until you let a native do the ordering while keeping an open taste bud! Hot Pot last night and tonight??? Dish after delicious dish! I am so fortunate to have an amazing friend who has been living here in Beijing for the past few years.... She has two beautiful, intelligent Chinese daughters that just wet my appetite for Tate.
Today was a day of hanging around, relaxing and meeting some of our travel families! A recommendation for those who are yet to travel? Hire a taxi and have them head from your hotel to the BeiHai Park. Oh the places you will see! Ignore the crazy driving and look at the buildings with juxtaposition of high tech glass buildingsstanding watch over title alleyways of the hutang neighborhoods. Climb that hill of steps and gaze at the sprawling landscape that is Beijing.
Tomorrow we start the group tour of Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, Summer Palace and the Beijing acrobats.
A few firsts for me today....
leachy fruit
squatty potty
I cannot get into blogspot so someone else is posting.... sorry not pictures.

21 comments:

The Utah Pink Ladies said...

We are so happy that you are finally in CHINA!!!!!!

Colleen said...

YAY!!! Oh the squatty potties...fun.. (not!) Enjoy each and every second!

Marji said...

Lisa,

So exciting to read your posts from real live actual facutal CHINA!!! You're almost a MOM, woohoo!

Marji

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Glad to hear you are there!! Sounds like you are having a great time and enjoying all the cultural!!

Be safe...thinking of you!!

Lisa

Shannon said...

Enjoy all the sights and experiences! I know you are chomping at the bit for your Tate! =)

Luna said...

I heard blogger was acting up right now in China. I'm so glad you made it safe and sound. I'm glad to hear you made it past the temperature check!

Julie said...

Sounds cool, you are of course a true adventurer.

Linda said...

Happy you are steps closer to Tate. Waiting with tears for your first meeting.. Enjoy the journey as I know you will... Linda

Kayce said...

Sounds like you're having fun! Gotta love that you got the squatty experience! ENJOY every moment!

a Tonggu Momma said...

You know... I potty trained on a squatty potty. :) Enjoy your time in Beijing. Only a couple more days!

Doreen said...

So happy for you!!!! Do you realize that YOU ARE NOW IN THE SAME COUNTRY AS YOUR DAUGHTER!!!!!YOUR DAUGHTER!!!!!YIPEE! I can't wait!!!


Doreen in Montreal single mom to Faith-Jiangxi & Mia-Sichuan

Marque and Liza said...

So fun, enjoy it all! How great to keep track of all these experiences on your way to meet Tate! We can hardly wait to see the two of you TOGETHER AT LAST!!!

Kramer said...

Sounds like you had an eventful first day! Get that blogger working because in just a few days I am in need of pictures of Tate!!! Glad to see all is going well and you are making me hungry with all this food talk. Anxiously waiting for more posts!

Jill said...

Gotta love the squatty potties!!
Don't forget the tissues!!
ENJOY your time!!
Hugs, Jill

Susie said...

So glad you are safe and happy!

Marmee said...

Oh, hot pot! Yum!! Have fun tomorrow!

Lori said...

oh if you are going shopping look for the "squeaky shoes" popular with adopted toddlers... they are too cute!

Alyson and Ford said...

I love reading what you're eating and where you're going! It brings back such great memories. I know you are enjoying every second of this and it's only going to get better!!!
peace
fm

Alyson and Ford said...

Great update!! We do want to see some pictures!! DH always seems to beat me to commenting...
You are being so brave, so good! Enjoy the food!

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Briana's Mom said...

You are there! I am so excited for you!!!

LiLi said...

you are making me salivate for a china visit! have fun! i love trying new food but take a pepto pill twice a day as a precaution