At the end of each day I’ve been exhausted. It could be the jet lag. But we have been busy. Add to that the sweltering heat and the crowds (it is peak tourism season) and I’m sure you can imagine where the tiredness comes from.
In spite of that, it has been pretty amazing seeing sights like Tienamen Square, the Forbidden City, the Olympic venues from the 2008 summer games (i.e. the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest), and of course the Great Wall.
Very surreal walking on the Great Wall. It is Great. And Hot. And crowded. But Great. Sweat dripping down your back kind of hot. But Great.
The Olympic venues were even more impressive in real life than they were on TV. Kory wanted to get inside and do some Phelps-like swimming but that was closed to the public.
And then there are those pesky Americans that were picking on my man. Just because he happened to wear his Michigan t-shirt and they happened to be Ohio state students. I think I heard one guy mutter under his breath as we walked by, “man, we can’t get away from you guys.”
My man showed them. As their bus rolled away he ran after pulling up his shirt in Dee Brown-like fashion. He got many thumbs down and a few other fingers thrown his way, but still he showed them!
Our travel mates have been awesome. There are 16 families traveling with us. It has been so fun getting to know each one. Kory took copious notes the first day. My man’s got skills. He knows the names of everyone and can tell you a little bit about many of their lives.
But the best part is, in one day we will meet Suhn for the first time. She comes to mind often. I can hardly believe we are this close to holding her for the first time.
Thanks for your prayers and comments everyone. They mean so much. I can literally feel the prayers and it humbles me.
One more sleep til Suhn!!