Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Neehow from Beijing!

Hi y'all!  This is our third day here in Beijing.  While our trip started out a little crazy with David's luggage getting lost, we have finally settled in here in Beijing.  Our first night was spent desperately trying to find David some clothes and shoes...VERY difficult here in China!  He is over 6'2" and wears size XL in the US...that translates to at least 3XL in pants and we could not find a single shirt.  It took us a harrowing 20 min cab ride to find a mall of all places-- and after looking at every possible pair of shoes, we were able to find ONE (only one in the entire mall) that was a US size 11.  Even *I* had a difficult time finding tennis shoes for my gigantic US 8 feet (gasp!).  You'd think I was a freak of nature asking for such impossibly large shoes!


God answered prayers (especially David's!) when his bag was delivered last night to our hotel. :-)  A day too late to keep him from freezing during our visit to the beautiful Forbidden City yesterday...but just in time for our visit today to the Great Wall!


Impressions of China so far:


1.  Smoggy.

2.  Our room is very hot and it is very cold outside.

3.  The people are so patient to put up with our lack of Chinese!

4.  There are A LOT of people here!

5.  Silk worms are cool and it takes a lot of work to make silk.

6.  We saw someone open a freshwater oyster (a young one) and there were 35 pearls inside a single one!

7.  Dh did not starve-- we've hit KFC, Pizza Hut AND McDonald's so far!  But I am proud of him for trying dim sum and a few other Chinese dishes yesterday.


Okay, gotta go now.  I've only got a few minutes left on the old 'puter time.  I will definitely post pics and write in more detail when I get back in the States.


Hehehe...I am SO excited that I get to go to the Great Wall today!  It should be spectacular!





PS If my family is reading this, I'm having problems with Yahoo so couldn't send y'all an e-mail.   Kiss the boys for us...we miss them!  Tell them we love them lots too!!!


spunkyhomeschool said...

Just doing a little random blog surfing today. I'm glad you made it to China safely. I'm going to have to check back and see how things are going.

sagerats said...

Good Gravy! I'm glad your luggage finally made it! I enjoyed reading your impressions.

Abiding in the Vine!

MySmokyMtnHomeschool said...

Have a great time! I can't wait to see your pictures. :-D


Amy Beth

carmatlock said...

Hey we are missing you down in TX. I will be glad when you get back safe and sound. . .

Have fun. . .come back soon!

Amber said...

I would love to see the Great Wall. I'm glad you're having a wonderful time and I can't wait to see pictures.

God Bless,


chickadee said...

glad you're having a good time and not forgetting about us bloggers.

Janne said...

Wow! What an awesome experience!

I'm looking forward to pictures!

BrooksideAcademy said...

What a fantastic trip! Lost luggage aside ;-) I had to giggle a little about the shoe thing. I mean, DD and I wear the same (monster) size you do, and the lable on hers (yes, I checked) distinctly says "Made in China"hmmm, must have all been sent here already ;-)

Enjoy your trip. I can't wait to see the pictures. Will be keeping you in my prayers. Oh, I can't help but to think of all the little trinkets you could bring home for a little unit study with the boys...how cool is that!

Forever school on the brain...funny how that wasn't so when *I* was *in* school, though. hehe.

RainyDayMichele said...

Hooray! Glad your sweetie's suitcase finally arrived.....and that you are having a good time in spite of the struggle to find clothing and shoes! I have been SO busy of late that I did not get your scarf knitted....stinkin' on it! Hope you are warm anyway....:o)

Can't wait to hear more my friend!

wardssward said...

What a chance of a lifetime! That would be great to see (and walk on) the Wall of China! Hope you are able to make some wonderful memories! Praying for your safety.