Another day in the city

It takes us about 2 hours to get into the center of Beijing. After a bus ride and a couple subway lines, we finally arrive. As a result, we tend to go for the WHOLE day and pack as much in as possible. Our time in China is so limited (5 weeks down, only 6 to go!). During the work week we stay in our village for Chris’ work and helping at New Day, but the weekends we push the kids pretty hard as we tromp around the city.

Last weekend we met up with Julie and her family. They were so gracious, hospitable and generous towards us as they showed us around a new part of Beijing and gave us a crash course on riding bikes in the city. Corbett, Hudson and Chris were able to ride the bikes (with our youngest in a basket). The other 2 were not tall enough, so they kept walking with me.


6.4.17china-1“Dandelion” cotton candy….so, so cute.6.4.17china-26.4.17china-3This girl is a big fan of escalators. Big fan. Always asking to ride them. For fun.6.4.17china-5We stopped in a mall…complete with artwork my boys appreciated. At another stop they found a large screen and declared it far better than the little security screen at Walmart that usually records their dancing. Obviously, they feel the need to blend in as much as possible 😉6.4.17china-7We are figuring out which subway lines are the busiest at which times. Not that the information really helps us any, but it does make us feel a little more at home. In our exploring we found a Cat Cafe. I took the kids inside and was quickly told children are not allowed. The concept is you can enjoy your food/drink order in the company of the cats that live there. I thought of several of my friends – a couple this would be heaven and a couple this would be a nightmare!
6.4.17china-96.4.17china-13Churros and ice cream….who knew this would be such a delicious combination?! I think we’ve decided to go back for this as a final treat on our last day in China. It was that good.6.4.17china-116.4.17china-15I wanted the kids to experience a night market – so much for all their senses to take in and experience. We ended up staying there too long and missed all the buses back to our village. As a result, we added Taxi to the list of used transportation for the day.6.4.17china-176.4.17china-196.4.17china-20We are preparing for a short overnight trip to another town this week. The kids will experience their first overnight train in China. We are going to do the hard sleeper (rows and rows of bunkbeds) instead of the kind where you have your own private room – I’m pretty excited to see their responses to a new kind of cultural adventure!

We also found out we have approval to visit our youngest daughter’s orphanage, so that is on the horizon…and all the emotions and thoughts that come with it. Our daughter is SO EXCITED and we are incredibly thankful for the chance to visit.

I can’t believe how fast the time is flying….

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  • Melanie - I Can’t belive that only 6 weeks are left!
    I hope you ave the time of your life there- judging from the pictures you sure do!

  • Donzel - Oh wow! Her orphanage?! That’s so wonderful! I hope that there are still workers from when she was there… May God bless your visit!

  • LInda - I have so enjoyed following along during your travel to and through China. I love to travel, but so far have never left the US (except for mission trips to Juarez, Mexico), so i really appreciate seeing all of the cultural elements, scenery and adventures that your family is enjoying. What a wonderful experience!! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  • Katie Fortier - Have been following your blog for a long time. Since before you brought little one home. I just have to say your trip is so inspiring! Can’t believe you’ve been gone 5 weeks already! Safe travels!

  • Tiffany - Enjoying this journey, keep it coming. Even I got a little choked up about visiting the orphanage, so many feels.

  • Byron - Really, just an amazing trip! Very much enjoying following along!

  • Tanya - I love all of this, especially the upcoming orphanage visit. How special, not only for your daughter, but for your entire family to experience that time with her there.

  • Kelly - My 7 year old boy would LOVE the “cabinets of curiosities” in the shop pic with the globes! All those printers trays full of things. 🙂 Kelly

  • Marsha - I love following your adventures in China. But going back to little one’s orphanage? Choked me up immediately. I can’t imagine the range and depth of emotions you are all feeling! Praying you through that momentous occasion, the rest of your trip, and the trip back home here to good ol’ BA!

  • Monica - I’ve been following your blog for several years now. Thanks for keeping this blog public – it is very inspiring and you often give me new perspective on things.

    Our daughter is from the same orphanage in China as your daughter. We travelled to get E in December 2010 but unfortunately we weren’t allowed to visit her orphanage. I’m so excited to hear that you will make a trip there during your stay in China. Even if you will not or can not share photos from there I will be eager to read about your trip, your experiences and your daughter’s reactions. We are planning a trip to China next year when our daughter is 8.

    Best wishes,

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