I was embarrassed to leave the room with a clothes line strung up and clothese laid all around the room, especially on the railing in front of our window. But when the kids and I went out I said, "Oh my, look up, is that our room?" And then we realized the about 15 other rooms looked just like ours and I'm sure that the housekeeping staff is used to crazy washing in the big tubs.
The kids were thrilled to find seaweed flavored chips for lunch! (Gag!)
Then they ambled along with their new umbrellas back to our hotel.
There is a movie plex in the building next to ours, so I promised the kids we could see a movie before we left. They chose "Doreamon", the blue cat that you may have heard of? He seems to be very popular over here and the kids have watched his shows at their school. It was an "Immersion...For the Win!" afternoon, since both kids were enthralled with the show and were translating bits for me. Eli was so sad at one part, since the cat had to leave the boy, so I knew that he was really understanding well since he was feeling emotional. Love that!
After that I let the kids swim for an hour and we returned to hair dryer duties until Tom came home.
We tried so hard to find the Gung Ho pizza restaurant that we loved the last time we were here, but we just couldn't figure it out. The kids were too hungry and tired of walking, so we picked a fun looking dumpling shop called "Mr. Shi's Dumplings".
There were many, many drawings and names on the walls, so the kids were happy when they delivered markers to our table. Emily wrote her Chinese name and wrote, "from St. Paul, MN, USA"
It is in the Sanlitun area, so the kids were marveling at all of the Caucasian people. There are many embassies in this area and we saw many Europeans, based on the accents we heard. The kids finally don't say, "There's an American!" automatically anymore when we see a white person, since we keep reminding them that skin color doesn't dictate nationality. Interesting conversations for sure!
We had several yummy kinds of dumplings, some with cheese...which was a first. Clearly they are catering the a Western diet with those! We were a little skeptical of them, but they were quite good. We also ordered dessert dumplings, made with chocolate and bananas. It took forever, since they were rolling and making the dumplings fresh on the spot, but they were really tasty! So tasty that I didn't get a picture of a single one!