Sunday, May 3, 2009
Good news, we have good internet here, so, it will make it so much easier to blog and skype with people! Well,our flight to Taiyuan went great, 1 hour max. The China Southern airplane was AWESOME! The one picture is of me and our guide in line at the Beijing airport waiting for our boarding passes.I need to figure out how to post a picture and then type under it for captions. Anyone who uses blogger, please post and tell me how to do it! SSSOOOO much leg room in the China Southern Planes!
And another thing, we won't get Chloe until tomorrow morning at 9:30, so less than 12 hours....I had a feeling that would change because of the flight arrival time. So, we met up with another couple who is also getting their daughter tomorrow. We wanted to grab something to eat, and asked the front desk where there was a KFC or McDonalds. She told us 10 by taxi or 10 walking(????) So, we waited forever for a taxi and not one stopped. So we started walking, and walked, and walked. We walked 1 MILE to this McDonalds! 1 mile, 40 minutes-who said 10 minutes???? But, boy was it worth it! For Dan and I to eat, cost $5 US! And we had a cab hailed as soon as we stepped out the front of Mcdonalds! Time to get back-5 minutes, cost 2 bucks. One thing about this area, and this is for you Chanda, brush up on your Mandarin and have a guide book handy-VERY LITTLE english is spoken here. If you stay at the Shanxi Grand, there is a convienience store right beside on the left. We bought diapers, bottled water, chips, 4 sodas, 2 packs cookies, all this for $6!!!
I have had about 100 near heart attacks between yesterday and today with our drivers-EVERYONE has the right away here-I swear we were going to be hit or hit someone a thousand times. You just wouldn't believe it until you experienced it.
We are to meet our guide tomorrow morning at 8 am to go to the bank and exchange our money, then a 15 minute ride to the Shanxi Civil Affairs building where we will FINALLY meet Chloe!
We had our first experience today at the airport of people wanting to take pictures with us. A woman was rushing over with a little girl and plopped her in between us. Then, she had the little girl take a picture of her plopped between us! A few minutes later she brought 5 more kids to get their pictures taken. We were ready with pens to sign autographs, but unfortunately we weren't asked :)
Well, it is now 9:52 at night here, and we still need to unpack and get ready for her tomorrow. Our guide said we could possibly be able to do all the paperwork tomorrow instead of going back on Tuesday. Next update, I promise LOTS of pictures and hopefully video of GOTCHA DAY! Love reading your comments!