Thursday, June 17, 2010

All Aboard!

We took the overnight train 
from Shenzen to Guilin
this is our soft-sleeper compartment,
two beds and a bathroom
(western toilet- not squatty potty!)
my kids LOVED the train
we had fun with the crew
view out the window of train station

we liked the little shelf

for a good night's sleep I suggest the train

view at night from our window

in the morning it was fun to build a fort
there was a LOT of rain in Guangxi Province
the train kept stopping for long stretches of time

Jake said these look like giant Lincoln-Logs

we brought our own noodles because we did not trust the food on the train
the conductor visited us and invited us to her home in Guilin
pretty soon the train was very delayed due to rain and flooding
so we walked around and got to know many of the locals
everyone wanted to say hello and it was
great to practice our Chinese
we sat in the dining car for a while
the train actually took eighteen hours to reach Guilin instead of eleven
this is what was served for lunch and dinner, cups of noodles
Jakey and Ava Rose were a big hit with the crew

everyone called Jake "Harry Potter",
this seems to happen everywhere we go

I know many adoptive families 
consider train travel, 
we highly suggest taking a train, 
it's safe, enjoyable, relaxing, 
and a terrific way to see China!


  1. Wow Marla, You are the most amazing blogger...all of your photo's and captions...Tian is so lucky she will have this journal for a keepsake.... Thanks so much, for taking the time to do it while you are on your amazing journey!!!!
    Mary Kate

  2. Hi Everyone,

    What an adventure you all are on...
    I love trains....

    You are closer and closer to picking up the adorable little girl.
    We are all waiting with open arms.

  3. The linens look nicer than the ones on my own bed!
    I know SJ is there now....enjoy!

  4. Good morning!
    So glad you arrived safely!

    Love the sleeper car!

  5. Jakey and Ava look so happy experiencing this part of the big adventure!
    As I write this, SJ waits to board his plain to your location. You'll meet up while we sleep, so we anticipate seeing photos of you all when we awake.

  6. Hi, Marla, I am so happy to see your wonderful pictures. Look like you have great time in China.
    Enjoy your trip and Chinese speaking.

    Qing Qing

  7. I so remember that day, following your blog! Your children grow up fast over the past 2 yrs.


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