Twenty-eight hours ago we left for China. We were fresh for a full day of travel. I don’t dare show a picture of how I look right now. Getting from our house to our hotel in Beijing took a lot of fortitude!
Our plane from Chicago to Beijing was kinda old and junky. The lights in the economy cabin wouldn’t dim so it was bright the whole way. That didn’t make it so easy to take a nap. Never mind the fact that we are packed in there like sardines. Our attendant call light button was also broken–which means it stayed on the whole time and anytime someone else dinged theirs, they would come to us and ask what we needed. It got to be pretty annoying but now that I think of it, I probably should have been making some funny requests and demands.
I spent a lot of time watching our virtual plane travel on the map (and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hunger Games, and an Actor’s Studio with Brad Pitt). Our route took us over Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and down into China. We were up too high to be able to see anything. So I kept watching the map. When we crossed the International Date Line, I made sure to tell my husband HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Once we touched down in China, it took some time for us to get through customs and through the taxi line. We weren’t quite at the height of rush hour but compared to the “traffic” we have in Lincoln, Nebraska, it was pretty bad. We couldn’t resist the allure of the bed when we got to our hotel.
Isn’t that beautiful? This hotel room is really nice for about the cost of a Holiday Inn in the states. We also have a view of the Forbidden City from our balcony. We are only going to be in Beijing for a few days so I wanted to make sure we stayed somewhere close to what we wanted to see. There is a lot of traffic outside and when we took our nap it was quite noisy but now that it is actually bedtime here, it’s peaceful and I’m sure we’ll have no trouble sleeping for the full night.
We went out for a walk in the evening to grab a bite to eat and we ended up on a street market and I hope my stomach doesn’t hate me for it tomorrow. We just got a some giant spring rolls and some sweet fried dough. Pretty good dinner on the fly for about $3. I also took some AWESOME food pictures but I’m going to post those to my Real Food Really Good blog eventually.
Once we got back to the hotel for the night, it was about 8am in Nebraska so we Skyped with the kids for a little bit. I think they were surprised that we were just about to go to bed at the same time they were just starting their day. We don’t have access to Facebook, pictures on here will have to suffice until I get back to the states.
Tomorrow morning we will be heading out to the Mutianya section of the Great Wall and I’m super excited for it! More to come…