Friday, June 17, 2011

One Year Ago Today Across The Ocean Far, Far Away...

We decided to start a new family tradition- every year we will re-live our incredible journey to bring home Sasha Jade by watching ourselves on the computer from this side of the ocean... one year later and one year wiser... Your comments are always welcome:

June 17, 2010
Beautiful Guilin

We arrived in beautiful and very flooded Guilin yesterday after a very long train ride. There is flooding all across this region and the water level in the Li River is at a record high. Yesterday Guilin received 6.34 inches of rain in one hour. I'm not sure if we can take the bamboo raft down the river today as planned because of the water level. When we arrived we were met at the train station by Sheri and her wonderful and very adventurous family from Portland! They took us on a wild walking tour that we would never have dared to sign up for willingly, but it really pushed our boundaries and I am so thankful we did! We jumped in to Guilin with both feet! We walked all around busy markets and rode a bus and we were initiated into the sounds, smells, crowds, traffic, and reality of mainland China. Sheri gives great lessons on crossing the street in China. Everything they tell you about crossing the street here is an understatement. There is nothing to compare. Also to my friends on RQ it is true you must prepare your (non-Chinese) children for staring, pointing, and requests for photos. My kids have enjoyed it and taken it in stride, it is an opportunity to practice speaking Chinese. We walked around a lovely park and Jake said this is his favorite city in the world. He took these photos:

These are Guilin Noodles that Guilin is known for

More Guilin updates later!

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