First off, I want to thank everyone for their lovely comments! I didn't think my Facebook link would work, but it has been so far! I can see your comments since it forwards to my e-mail, but I can't respond to them since Facebook is prohibited here. We love reading the comments each day and do so aloud each morning.Sorry that there are some typos and formatting issues...it's a bit piecemeal behind the scenes over here!!
The journey from Beihai went like this: taxi to train, train to Nanning, taxi to airport, airplane to Beijing, taxi to hotel. PHEW!! No one was here to award us the Amazing Race medal, but we felt like we deserved one!The kids fell asleep on their tray tables at one point, with Em's hair still wet from the pool!
They finally got to bed around midnight, and slept the latest ever...10:20!! It's rare that I'm the one waking them up, and needing to open the curtains to rouse them from their sleep. I guess they were tired??
Tom was off to work at a normal hour and when we finally got moving we decided that Starbucks seemed like the best option for breakfast. Ahhh, coffee! It was hard to find a cup outside of Beijing, so I indulged and we also got muffins. Yum and so cliche, I know :)
We then walked to the metro station that's about 10 minutes from our hotel and went a few stops down the line to a spot we remembered from our last stay in BJ that had a Wu Mart. It's really not a knock-off of Wal-mart, but it is a great grocery store, with housewares as well. Many interesting food items, and some things that look very familiar to us as well.
Before we went in, the kids got an ice cream cone at the walk-up window at the McDonald's next door to the WuMart.
We got a few items, most importantly laundry detergent, that we used to wash our first load of laundry. Since we don't have a washing machine, we used the big jacuzzi tub in our room. So far nothing we washed has dried 6 hours later, but hopefully by morning? Emily helped me and was saying, "It's like we are pioneers, mom!...This would be so much easier if we had a washing board like I used at Gibb's Farm camp...Ewwwwww, I can't believe I'm touching everyone's underwear!!" The hotel does have a fancy laundry service, but at $3.00 per pair of "undergarments" we decided to do our own.
At lunch we had some delicious noodles. I think we call them "Chow Fun" at home. We just pointed to what another lady was eating and said, "Not spicy!" and were happy to discover they were great. All three of us just take turns slurping from the big bowl.
After meandering a bit, we returned home for a swim and Tom finally got home at 6:45, then we were off for dinner. Tom and Em enjoyed some spicy noodles with Szechuan peppercorns, which they loved, but they both had numb tongues within minutes. We also had some tasty kale and honey bbq pork buns.
On our walk back we stopped at the plaza and enjoyed watching the local women dancing on one side and on the other, couples waltzing. (Portia, this made me think of you!) A lovely Beijing night!
It's now 10:00 and these kids are not tired. Hmm, I wonder why?