Friday, November 4, 2011

My Big Adventure

So. I took this little trip. I hadn't been planning to run off and leave my husband behind. My stepmother called last spring and asked if I'd go along with her on a vacation.

To China.

It was completely amazing. After an insanely long flight, we arrived in a country which was both like home and totally foreign. Fabulous coffee was served with breakfast. The streets were packed with people walking their dog, rushing to work every morning just like here. But I couldn't read the signs, or even the label on a package. Even the beer and the Coke tasted different. The cities we visited were surprising.  Both older and more modern than I had expected.

Beijing's old quarter

Shanghai at night

Can you see how worn those steps are in places? Pretty scary  on the way down.

We climbed the Great Wall.

We ate amazing food one afternoon, prepared in our cook's home.  Lotus root - who knew you could eat that?

We strolled around markets where busy families bought their dinner.

People were gracious and patient with us, as we fumbled our way through a Starbucks order. We chatted with university students eager to practice their English on us.
Just like home!


  1. My two daughters were adopted from China. What an amazing country! And those step on the Great Wall are STEEP.

  2. @Aimee The steps were steep and worn and uneven. I held on to that handrail!

    @Alexandra It really was great. I feel so lucky.

  3. Wowee lucky you. Lots of writing fodder! Mx

  4. Wow! What an amazing trip :O) My mother-in-law took me to a bookstore once....

  5. I am so lucky to have gotten to go. It still seems a bit surreal.

  6. Lovely pics! I want to go to China some day... I think. :X I'm not good with crowds and all though, but oh man do I want to see the Forbidden City.

    Hope to see more pics and hear more stories! :D

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Lime! The Forbidden City was crowded, but still amazing. So large and beautiful. I was surprised how much I loved the Temple of Heaven. It's surrounded by a park that was filled with retirees playing cards and visiting. I can't imagine going there everyday.