Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 1

Today we visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Silk Factory and a Flea Market. Tim and I have been to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square when we came to adopt Sydney. But this time we were traveling with celebrities! Samie was mobbed by women wanting her to get in their pictures. She was beginning to become a little freaked! She kept making sure where Tim or I were at all times. After the first few times we had to start saying NO!! They would pull her along and yank off her hat and all try to touch her. Then poor Sydney, she had people stare at her and then look at us and then look back at her. I imagine they were trying to figure out how such a beautiful little girl got stuck with the Americans. We even had oneolder lady try to zip her jacket up to her chin and Syd was having nothing of it. She hates to be bundled and in China they bundle their youngsters so they look like little Mich@lin people. Charlotte, our guide, had to fend her off.


After the Forbidden City we went to lunch at a noodle house. Very good, but not near as good as the noodle house we had found on our last trip. We then walked over to the Silk Factory. The girls enjoyed that, Syd liked playing with the coccoons and Sam got to stretch some of the silk. We ended up buying each of the girls a silk comforter and cover. Very beautiful!


Then it was on to an inside Flea Market. Charlotte taught us how to bargain some and what we should actually be paying for some of the items. We were mainly interested in finding Syd some snow pants for tomorrow at the Great Wall. Even with long johns and jeans on she was freezing today. We did find some and got them down to 100 Yuan. That's about $14. Not too bad.
We were on our own for dinner and all the families got together and went to a place right across from our hotel. It was wonderful!! Samie was a little freaked at my prawns with their eyes staring back at her. But she was able to order pizza which was pretty good.


Tomorrow we will try to conquer the Great Wall. We may do the Acrobat show and get Peking Duck after. We'll see how we are doing.

Good night from Beijing!! We are tired, everyone but me is already in bed.
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Enjoy the Photos....................


Sydney all bundled up for The Forbidden City

Local celebrity gets mobbed

Sydney examines the silk coccoons
Samie pulls the silk thread
Sam, Syd and Tim at Tiananmen Square
Sam, Syd and Mom in front of Mao's Tom

Today we visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Silk Factory and a Flea Market. Tim and I have been to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square when we came to adopt Sydney. But this time we were traveling with celebrities! Samie was mobbed by women wanting her to get in their pictures. She was beginning to become a little freaked! She kept making sure where Tim or I were at all times. After the first few times we had to start saying NO!! They would pull her along and yank off her hat and all try to touch her. Then poor Sydney, she had people stare at her and then look at us and then look back at her. I imagine they were trying to figure out how such a beautiful little girl got stuck with the Americans. We even had oneolder lady try to zip her jacket up to her chin and Syd was having nothing of it. She hates to be bundled and in China they bundle their youngsters so they look like little Mich@lin people. Charlotte, our guide, had to fend her off.


After the Forbidden City we went to lunch at a noodle house. Very good, but not near as good as the noodle house we had found on our last trip. We then walked over to the Silk Factory. The girls enjoyed that, Syd liked playing with the coccoons and Sam got to stretch some of the silk. We ended up buying each of the girls a silk comforter and cover. Very beautiful!


Then it was on to an inside Flea Market. Charlotte taught us how to bargain some and what we should actually be paying for some of the items. We were mainly interested in finding Syd some snow pants for tomorrow at the Great Wall. Even with long johns and jeans on she was freezing today. We did find some and got them down to 100 Yuan. That's about $14. Not too bad.
We were on our own for dinner and all the families got together and went to a place right across from our hotel. It was wonderful!! Samie was a little freaked at my prawns with their eyes staring back at her. But she was able to order pizza which was pretty good.


Tomorrow we will try to conquer the Great Wall. We may do the Acrobat show and get Peking Duck after. We'll see how we are doing.

Good night from Beijing!! We are tired, everyone but me is already in bed.
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4 comments:

Bernie and Monica said...

Glad you all made it there safely! I know how it feels to have a child on your lap all the way to China-wait til you're coming home-then you'll have 2 kiddos fighting over your lap the whole time!!! We've been thinking of you and hoping all is going well. The best part is still to come! Stay safe and have fun!!
Much love, Monica

Jolene and Dan Powell said...

Awesome! Good for you on the bargaining. Charlotte is awesome, isn't she? Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Jolene (Faith 2009)

sierrasmom said...

Hi!!! I can't wat to see you with your sweet, beautiful Sierra. Congratulations!!! I'll be following!!!
Kathie ( the other Sierra's Mom!!)

and Baby Makes 11! said...

So sorry about the mobs trying to touch your daughter. I remember those days. Our kids are all various shades of red or blonde too...it was crazy! Your pictures are terrific. I just can't wait to see your Gotcha pics!

Hugs,
Sheri (from your Faith family)

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