Archive for October, 2007

Day Three: October 17, 2007

Not many photographs from our third day in China. We spent the morning visiting the Temple of Heaven, then flew to Xian, arriving in the early evening—just in time to eat dinner at a local restaurant that specializes in hot pots. The meal was incredibly good, definitely one of my favorite meals of the trip. Overall, that was a good day for food. Our last lunch in Beijing included an eggplant dish that I couldn’t get enough of.

If you looked at the previous photographs already, our third day starts with Caged Birds Sing. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

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Day Two: October 16, 2007

The highlights of our second day in Beijing were the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. Walking along the Great Wall of China has been a goal of mine for a long time and I have to admit: it wasn’t quite what I expected! The crowds were one thing, but the Wall itself was actually very steep in some places. It’s not exactly a leisurely stroll. But despite all the other tourists and all the vendors, it was easy to fall into my own cadence and appreciate the views.

Our next major stop was the Summer Palace. We did what I’m sure every visitor does: a dragonboat ride on the lake, the Long Corridor, the history lessons. The Summer Palace was our last stop of the day but it was pretty in the late afternoon.

If you looked at yesterday’s photographs already, day two starts here. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Unrelated: today (October 30th) is Stork’s 28th birthday! Birthday breakfast was eggs over easy (always) inside autumn-leaf cut-out toast (European style), the maple and oak leaves with a raspberry jam, OJ and coffee. Still recovering from my major jet lag—my mind just won’t go to sleep!

Day One: October 15, 2007

Technically, our first day was the Sunday, the 14th, but we arrived in Beijing in the evening and went straight to the hotel. I promptly fell asleep. So I begin counting from one on Monday, the 15th, when we started sight-seeing. This included the Forbidden City, lunch at a local’s home, the hutongs by rickshaw and a two-song performance at a local kindergarden.

I suggest starting at 7:42 Skyline and going forward from there. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Home, Sweet Home

“Home, Sweet Home”—an understatement if there ever were one. After a good twenty hours of travel (and waiting in airports due to delays), I was finally back in Vermont. Never have I felt so relieved and appreciative to see Stork and our apartment. The trip was good but not exactly what I’d call a vacation. More on this later.

I’m currently severely jet lagged. I managed to get about three restless hours of sleep last night but I was so happy when 6 AM rolled around, so I’d have an excuse to get up, make tea, make Stork breakfast and drink some coffee. Everything about being home is wonderful.

Also exciting: November is coming up! Christmas is also quickly approaching, which is unbelievable.

Next Stop: Beijing, China

Well, I guess I’m going to be in China tomorrow afternoon. Everything is packed and weighed and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be! In-flight entertainment will include the episode-before-last of Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy (courtesy of my iPod), as well as Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, Book 1 (which weighs over two pounds).

Stork’s surgery went well and he’s currently recuperating at his parents’ house.

BVT to JFK

I’m flying to New York in two hours. I wish I could say I’m excited but I’m sitting here on the couch, thinking about how Stork is having shoulder surgery tomorrow and how much I’m going to miss him while I’m gone. So I’m actually a little sad. (And then there’s the whole anxiety thing.) But I’m sure things will get better.

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