Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our first experiences in China

So, 21 hours later we have made it to the other side of the world. We kind of feel like we've been through a war. We ended up sitting together, however we had the ever lovely last two seat that recline like a centimeter and that are located right by the bathroom. Well, let's just say we really did not sleep. The food was well, interesting. We had a chicken like substance around 3:00 in the afternoon. Then we were served Roman Noodles at about 12:00 AM are time. Last, but not least we wrapped up with lasagna and yogurt at 4:00 am Cincy time. I thought it was an interesting combo. We were all so glad to get off that plane!

Once at the airport (which was huge and beautiful) we easily found our FTIA rep and headed to the hotel. The ride over was insane. There were buses, mopeds, bicycles, walkers, and dogs all on the highways! I was truly amazed that we didn't hit anyone. No one appears to pay any attention to any traffic laws. I about had a heart attack on the way to our hotel. The hotel is beautiful. We have a very nice room on the 12th floor.

Once we got here a bunch of us went up to the local market to get snacks and drinks. It was interesting and very cheap. For six dollars we got 6 bottles of drinks and 3 bags of weird flavored Lays (cucumber, blueberry, and mango), and some other snack mix. Tomorrow we'll be doing some sight seeing and going to an acrobatic show. We are with a great group of people, so it should be fun! Now after being up for 27 hours I think we are off to bed!


Heather said...

Have a great time!! Oh, do I remember the roads...sounds a lot like Vietnam. I'm envious...wish I could go back to VN...enjoy what you are experiencing...once in a lifetime you know! ;)

So glad you guys made it there. I can not WAIT to see pictures of little Jack!

LowerTeakwood said...

Now that you are rested, you will have a great time exploring Beijing. When you see Jack on Monday, give him a big hug from me and grandma Miller.

The 2 moms

BorchNCH said...

Hello Mrs. Caton,
I miss you very much. We have been praying for you a lot. I'm glad that you made it to China. See you after Spring Break.

BorchNCH said...

hey guys-glad to see you have made it safely to the other side of the world. we can totally relate to the traffic issues!!! get plenty of rest while you can:) looking forward to your updates.
annie and todd

rm 108 said...

I get tears of joy in my eyes when I read about your adventure. Love the toilet picture :0 Did you figure it out? Looking forward to the next update.

LowerTeakwood said...

Yes, yes we figured out the toilets, but it is interesting. They have some Western toilets, but apparently the people here don't use them correctly! They are worse than the squaty potties!