Writing from China

Hey world! This is coming from Beijing, China. We are doing well and having a wonderful time. So far we have seen the Temple of Heaven, gone on a rickshaw ride through the small back streets behind the Forbidden City, walked through Forbidden City and marveled in awe at it, seen Tian’anmen Square with Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall, the Parliment Building, and walked through the National Museum, been to a silk factory, and gone through a tea ceramony. We have gone shopping in the little back alleys and the major shopping center on Wangfujing Street. We have eaten some incredible (and not so incredable) food that has been familar (sweet and sour) and brand new (this incredable fish dish).

Through out it all our tour guide (Lisa) has been very informative, flexable with our idiosyncrecies, and cheerful to be around. Basically wonderful. We have tons of pictures but unfortuantely we will not be able to upload them until we get home. I promise not to dilly dally around when we get back.

Still to come… One of the highlights of the trip – The Great Wall of China. We will also be seeing the Ming tombs, a jade factory, and a Chinese acrobat troupe.

One thing I must admit to – this trip has been a lot less expensive then I thought it would be… everything here is easily affordable – from meals to clothes to silk, jade, pearls and other forms of jewelry and statuary.

Before you ask – yes our feet hurt. But it has been well worth it. We would do it all aver again – and I highly recommend it to everyone. See everyone when we get back home.